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Under the Elms 


The Oberlin College Choir, directed 
by Robert Fountain, associate professor 
of singing, gave its annual local concert 
in Finney Chapel April 8 following a 
triumphant concert tour of ten eastern 
cities, including New York and Wash- 
ington, D. C. New York critics were 
unanimous in their praise of the choir’s 
performance in a concert in Town Hall 
on March 31, calling attention to the 
"exceptional conducting of its director,” 
the "delicate rhythmic control,” the 
"fine grasp of a wide variety of styles,” 
the "quality that a professional choir 
might envy” and that was "a joy to 


Cynthia Bowles, a junior in the Col- 
lege, is the author of a book recently 
published by Harcourt-Brace & Com- 
pany. At Home in India is Cynthia’s 
personal reactions to her experiences in 
New Delhi and a school at West Bengal 
from October, 1951, to June, 1953, 
while her father, Chester Bowles, was 
ambassador to India. 

With no intention at the time of 
writing a book (she was fifteen years 
old when her father received his ap- 
pointment), she nevertheless kept a 
full diary of the things that impressed 
her day by day. 

After her return to this country she 
was urged by a friend of her father's 
to put her reactions in the form a 
book. Encouraged, also, by her father, 
she set to work at once doing so. She 
completed her task last October. 

The book has been very favorably 
reviewed by the press, critics calling 
attention to her "remarkably clear- 
eyed viewpoint," and commenting that 
she writes "with clarity and an almost 
transparent sincerity.” 

A transfer from the University of 
Chicago, Cynthia is majoring in soci- 
ology. She hopes, eventually, to return 
to India and engage in public health 


Three seniors and one graduate of 
Oberlin have received National Wood- 
row Wilson Fellowships for advanced 
study in 1956-57. They are Mary Ann 
Singleton, Oberlin, Ohio; Owen P. 
Thomas, Lakewood, Ohio; Paul Davis, 
Chester, Pennsylvania; and Alan A. 
Dore, Glendale, Missouri, who gradu- 
ated in 1952. 

Mary Ann, whose father is associate 

professor of English at Oberlin, and 
whose mother is editor of the Alumni 
Magazine, will study English at North- 
western University. She received 
freshman and sophomore honors and 
studied at St. Andrews in Scotland dur- 
ing her junior year. She is a member 
of Musical Union and the editorial 
staff of the Yeoman, college literary 

Owen Thomas, a former Seabee, will 
do graduate work in English at the 
University of California at Los Angeles. 
Also on the editorial staff of the Yeo- 
man, he is director of a creative writing 
workshop sponsored by that publica- 
tion and the author of several short 
stories published in its pages. 

Paul Davis, also an English major, 
plants to study at the University of 
Wisconsin. He is currently a member 
of the Forum Board and the essay staff 
of the Yeoman. He has acted in sev- 
eral plays given by the Oberlin dramatic 

Alan Dore plans to study history at 
Columbia University. As an under- 
graduate he was a member of the Col- 
lege Choir, the Oberlin Orchestra, and 
the symphony band. 

Nominations for the fellowship are 
made by the faculties of their under- 
graduate colleges on the basis of candi- 
dates’ "marked promise for the teaching 
profession” and possession of the 
"highest qualities of intellect, character 
and personality.” 


Oberlin is one of sixteen liberal arts 
colleges to receive a cash grant of $1000 
for the 1956-57 school year from Mon- 
santo Chemical Company. It may be 
used at the school’s discretion to fi- 
nance research, purchase equipment, or 
further any other scientific purpose. 

In announcing the grant the company 
indicated that it recognizes the im- 
portance and desirability of a liberal 
arts background for higher scientific 
training and wishes to aid those liberal 
arts colleges which are giving basic 
preparation to their students for scien- 
tific careers, primarily in chemistry or 
chemical engineering. 


June graduates heading for the New 
York City area, or recent graduates now 
living in the area, may be interested in 
knowing about Intercollegiate Alumni, 
a club for young college graduates. 
Operating on a non-profit basis, its 350 
members plan and carry out each 
month a varied group of activities such 
as hikes, dances, tours, discussion 
groups. Headquarters are at 215 West 
23rd Street. 


Oberlin’s final Military Ball, pre- 
sented by the Air Force Reserve Of- 
ficers Corps, was held on Saiturday 
night, April 14, at Hales Gymnasium 
to the music of Sauter-Finegan Orches- 
tra. Guests arriving at the Ball walked 
between the two lines of an Honor 
Guard of ROTC members standing at 
attention. Out of town guests of honor 
included Maj. General and Mrs. Rus- 
sell A. Ramsey, Rear Admiral and Mrs. 
Frank A. Leamey, Brig. General and 
Mrs. George Schmuker, Capt. (USN) 
and Mrs. G. W. Clegg, Lt. Col. and Mrs. 
R. W. Jacobi, Major and Mrs. Walter 
Stuech, Lt. Commander Thomas Moore, 
and Lieutenant (USN) and Mrs. Hall. 
During the intermission Miss Toni 
Browning, ’58, of Chicago, Illinois, was 
presented as the Honorary Corps Com- 
mander, chosen by cadets. 

Swanberg, '58 

DANCING to the strains of Sauter-Finegan orchestra at the final Military Ball, 
held at Hales Gymnasium on April 14. 

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine. May. 1956. Volume 52. Number 6. Published monthly except in June, August, September. December. Publisl 
by the Alumni Association of Oberlin College, Inc. Subscription prices: $3.50 a year, $6.00 for two years. Single copies, 45 cents. Entered as s 
class matter, October 3, 1904, at the post office in Oberlin, Ohio, under the Act of Congress of March 3, 18/9. 

In This Issue 

OM*r 1,56 


VOLUME 52 Member American Alumni Council NUMBER 6 

Mercedes Holden Singleton, x’2 6, 

Leslie H. Fishel, Jr., ’43, Executive Secretary 
Lorraine Hoffman, Advertising & Circulation 



Under the Elms 


We Think . . . 


Freedom's Challenge 

H. A. Williams, Jr., ’41, M.C. 


From the Rim of Asia 

Jerome Davis, 13, LL.D., ’33 


The Right to Ask 

Paul F. Schmidt 


Modern Sculpture 

Chloe Hamilton, ’48 


Through the Years With O.D.A. 


The Faculty and Staff 


So Well Remembered 

Nathaniel R. Howard, x’19 


Campus Commentator 

Wayne Foote, ’56 


Alumni Clubs 


Oberlin in Sports 

William I. Judson 


Ten Thousand Strong 

Dorothy M. Smith, ’29 


Losses in the Oberlin Family 

Cover Photograph by A. E. 


The next issue of the Alumni Magazine will be published in July 

We Think . . . 

E THINK we would like to hear 
some of your views on higher 
education. Mind you, we have plenty 
of our own, but we are impressed with 
the small number of alumni outside of 
Oberlin who have spoken or written to 
us with conviction about the changing 
nature of higher education — or its 
failure to change. Why should you 
express your own opinions? Simply 
because your training was Oberlin and 
because Oberlin College has taken and 
should take a leading role in setting 
standards in higher education. 

The reply of a former college presi- 
dent to the mother of a prospective 
student, "Madam, we guarantee results 
— or we return the boy,” says much to 
an age desperately in need of techni- 
cians and engineers. Can any institu- 
tion guarantee the product or does it 
want to? The days of rote learning 
and courses in moral philosophy have 
left us, but with what? The time has 
come for us to record what we expect 

a college to do with its material. High 
enrollments, teacher scarcity, increased 
student mobility, national and inter- 
national insecurity add up to one big 
question mark: how can colleges help? 

Some say that training in business 
leadership will do the trick. Others 
feel that the skills of living and earning 
a living are essential for college stu- 
dents. Some universities have adopted 
"general education” programs to per- 
mit the integration of disciplines, the 
exposure of students to many areas of 
knowledge, and, consequently to force 
the traditionalists to revaluate their 
own preconceptions. 

Where does Oberlin stand? Ober- 
lin seems to us to be poised on the 
brink (if we may use this term with- 
out prejudice) of a series of substan- 
tial studies of its own overall educa- 
tional program and its relation to other 
institutions across the nation. These 
studies will take years. They are neces- 
sary. They will be time-consuming. 
They will be thorough. They will add 
measurably to the policies and pro- 
grams of higher education across the 
country. What do you think? 

L. H. F„ Jr. 

O UR COVER shows a section of 
the kindergarten in the new, 
modern Eastwood School erected on 
East College Street and dedicated, along 
with the new dormitories and hospital 
wing on April 14-15. The practice 
teacher from the College conducting 
the group under the guidance of Mrs. 
Philip Thomas (Betty Glenn, ’36) is 
Sylvia Sitterly, ’56. 

United States policy take with 
respect to foreign aid? Harrison R. 
(Pete) Williams, '41, M.C., member of 
the Foreign Relations Committee, 
would answer: Establish a Develop- 
ment Bank. For a discussion of this 
proposal, please turn to page 4. 

A RE THERE any areas in which the 
final answer has been found? 
that are sacred from inquiry? Paul 
Schmidt, assistant professor of phi- 
losophy, discusses those and related 
questions in The Right to Ask. Please 
turn to page 8. 

T EROME DAVIS, 13, trustee of the 
J College, has just returned from an 
extended visit to Japan. For his inter- 
esting observations From the Rim of 
Asia, please turn to page 6. 

Art Museum are five pieces of 
modern sculpture by Rodin, Degas, and 
others. They are pictured on page 
12, along with comments by Miss 
Chloe Hamilton, ’48, curator of the 

( i T~'\ EDICATION DAYS,” April 
1 14-15, brought Nathaniel R. 
Howard, x’19, College trustee and edi- 
tor of the Cleveland Neivs to the cam- 
pus as principal speaker. For his nos- 
talgic remarks and a view of the newest 
buildings in Oberlin turn to page 16. 

T O BRING yourself up-to-date with 
the various activities that go on 
month after month in the Alumni 
Clubs throughout the nation please 
turn to page 2 1 . 

C ONTINUING THE publication 
of the plays produced by the 
Oberlin Dramatic Association in its 
40 years of existence, we present, in 
this issue, the Second Decade. Turn 
to page 14. 

We need a 1956 model in foreign aid 
to stop the Communist advance 

"It was at Oberlin that there dawned on me 
. . . the first understanding 
of the twentieth century tyrannies, 
fascism and communism. . . ." 



By Harrison A. Williams, Jr., ’41, M.C. 

T HAVE CONSIDERED many subjects in determining 
4 the topic for this article, but it seems to me that what 
would be most interesting to readers of this magazine is 
Oberlin's impact on my thinking and philosophy as they 
apply to my job. 

In the Congress, 1 am a member of the Committee on 
Foreign Affairs, and I believe that Oberlin had a decisive 
effect on my thinking regarding the position of our nation 
in the world today. 

The End of Isolationism 

We all recall that before World War II the predominant 
attitude in many circles was isolationist. Many people, 
including some of our most influential leaders, looked up- 
on the threat of totalitarian fascism in Europe and Asia as 


being of no concern to us. The oceans were regarded as 
impregnable barriers. The full implications of this cen- 
tury's scientific revolution as it applied to the development 
of military weapons, and the readjustment in our thinking 
necessitated by the altered power balance in Europe, had 
not reached many Americans. Pearl Harbor stunned us 
into sudden realization of how drastically the situation had 
changed, but much of the intellectual preparation that pre- 
ceded Pearl Harbor could not have been possible without 
such enlightened institutions as Oberlin. 

Facing Reality 

It was at Oberlin that there dawned on me — and un- 
doubtedly on many of my classmates — the first under- 
standing of the twentieth-century tyrannies, fascism and 


communism. Our school began for us the vitally necessary 
conditioning in facing the realities of the twentieth cen- 
tury. And while the fascist threat has been subdued, the 
even greater challenge posed by Communism is very much 
with us. It is this challenge which I want to discuss. What 
are our objectives in foreign policy today? 

First Objective, Survival 

The first, I think we all agree, is simply to survive, as a 
nation and as individuals. Our survival today is imperiled 
by the most virulent dictatorship in world history. The 
communist leaders have enslaved approximately one-third 
of the world's population and they control about the same 
proportion of the land area. They maintain the largest 
peacetime military machine ever assembled. They have 
vast natural resources, some of which they are only begin- 
ning to exploit. They have agents and followers in many 
lands. Most dangerous of all perhaps — they have de- 
veloped the techniques of non-military aggression to a fine 
art. They not only threaten neighbors with military force 
but they also take advantage of every weakness of free so- 
ciety — economic depression, religious strife, racial hatred, 
social upheaval; all those things provide opportunities for 
the communists to take over countries from the inside. 
They carry on a continuous, multi-pronged attack against 
every area of the free world and have great confidence that 
they will eventually be successful in dominating the entire 

Western Supremacy 

While the communists are far ahead of the United 
States in population and territory, they are inferior to us 
in many ways. For example, their industrial establishment 
is no match for ours. The genius of our scientists and the 
skill of our workers have given us considerable superiority 
in modern technology. Our over-all economic system is 
vastly superior. The advantage given us by our tremen- 
dous treasure of natural resources is enhanced by the in- 
spiration and courage we draw from the spiritual values 
produced by an environment of freedom. 

Still we cannot afford complacency about our position 
in the world. If the communist empire goes on expanding, 
many advantages that we now enjoy will rapidly melt away. 
If the communists are permitted to seize and exploit the 
farms, factories, mines, and most of all, the immeasurable 
human skills of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, 
we would find ourselves behind the eight ball. If com- 
munist expansion were permitted to continue unchecked, 
the United States and the rest of the free world might 
eventually be unable to resist. Communist expansion must 
be stopped. That is implicit in our first objective. 

Atomic Suicide 

Our second objective is equally important. We must 
stop communism, if at all possible, without allowing our- 
selves to become involved in an atomic war which might 
devastate this country and the entire world. Enslavement 
is one extreme to be avoided; the other is atomic suicide. 

There are other important objectives of our foreign pol- 
icy. We must protect the interests of American citizens 
in all parts of the world. We must maintain sound and 
profitable economic relations with other nations; without 
such relations American industry and agriculture would 
suffer seriously and American workers would be put out 
of their jobs. 

Human Rights 

Finally, in considering our objectives, we must recognize 

those which transcend personal interests. There is no rea- 
son to apologize for our determination to protect our safety 
and economic well-being. But we also know that Ameri- 
cans are motivated by a rich tradition of idealism and hu- 

We want to protect the values and principles of western 
civilization. We want to see that all human beings have 
a chance for a better life. 

One of the most interesting things about our present 
situation is that we are at a stage in history in which our 
selfish interests and our moral principles are in funda- 
mental harmony. Mankind is entering an era in which the 
concept of the Golden Rule is no longer simply a moral 
abstraction; it is a prerequisite for human survival. To be 
successful, our foreign policy must carefully blend idealism 
with self-interest. We must recognize the eternal truth of 
the principle that we help ourselves by helping others. 


The possession by the Soviets of nuclear weapons and 
the ability to deliver them constitutes a serious threat to 
the free world and to the United States itself. I firmly be- 
lieve the only deterrent to such an attack is our mainte- 
nance of a strong military force of atomic weapons and 
the ability to deliver them to the Soviet heartland. But 
we cannot over-emphasize that modern hydrogen weapons 
are too terrible to be used casually. The Soviets and their 
cohorts will undoubtedly continue to foment internal revo- 
lution — as in Indo-China — and subversion aided by mili- 
tary supplies from Russia or China. We must be prepared 
to meet such moves; we must be prepared without involv- 
ing ourselves either in the initiation of atomic holocaust — 
which would be civilization's suicide — or in the other ex- 
treme, surrender. 

A Fight of Ideas 

But in considering how we may meet these threats posed 
by the Soviets, we must constantly keep before us the 
knowledge that the fight with communism is primarily a 
fight of ideas. Here we have the upper hand, though I 
don't think we have been forceful enough in explaining 
why we have the upper hand. We have not successfully 
indicated to the world why we have the highest standard 
of living on the face of the earth and why, while having it, 
we have continued to be the citadel of liberty and the em- 
bodiment of the possibility of the pursuit of happiness. 

What we do to help other people achieve the revolu- 
tionary promises contained in our Declaration of Inde- 
pendence — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — is 
important to our foreign policy. People who are starved, 
diseased, jobless, homeless, people who have no oppor- 
tunity for personal betterment — to these people the claim 
that communism provides food, land and material improve- 
ment is a siren call. 

A Free Economy 

I am convinced that lessons learned in our free com- 
petitive system can work wonders in other parts of the 
world. It has been suggested that past aid has been irri- 
tating because it was a handout and because it went to the 
already wealthy. Some of this criticism is justified. Our 
foreign economic programs must be designed to create 
vigorous, competitive industries and businesses, so that in 
industries the capable and the alert can reach positions of 
leadership. In addition, it must aim at helping the poor- 
est, the most unfortunate to learn to help himself. Im- 
proving sanitation and health, providing schools, educa- 
( Continued on page 11) 

FOR MAY 1956 


A Trustee Reports . 

From the Rim of Asia 

Jerome Davis, '13, LL.D., ’33 

r HAVE JUST RETURNED from a four months trip in 
I the Far East, where I visited Japan, the Philippines, and 
Hong Kong. Everywhere I saw Oberlin graduates doing 
important work. In Tokyo I met with Oberlin graduates 
who included missionaries, business men, and Army chap- 
lains, all helping to build a world of peace and security. 


The situation of the Japanese is difficult. Because their 
militarists provoked a war at Pearl Harbor, Japan was de- 
feated and lost a lot of territory, including Korea and For- 
mosa. Today the total area of the Japanese empire is nine 
per cent smaller than the state of California. Yet jammed 
within this areas is a population of 88,300,000, over half 
that of the United States. 

No sooner had I disembarked from the steamer than I 
ran into a situation involving taxi drivers. I asked my 
taxi driver how many hours a day he worked. He replied 
that he worked 24 hours at a stretch and on national holi- 
days, 48 hours. Before I got through with this investiga- 
tion I had visited both the Taxi Drivers’ Union and the 
owners of the taxi companies. I found that there was an 
eight-hour law but that it was not being enforced. I dis- 
covered, also, that 85 per cent of the motor accidents in 
Tokyo involved taxis. As a result, I wrote letters to the 
press and an article for the Japan Christian Quarterly 
pointing out the dangers in the situation. 

Japan is still recovering from the ravages of war. About 
two million Japanese died as a result of the war, sixty per 
cent of whom were civilians. A quarter of all dwelling 
houses and shops were demolished or badly damaged by 
bombs. Because many of the women work long hours un- 
der unsanitary conditions and live in crowded congestion, 
some 217,000 babies are stillborn. Extreme poverty has 
led to some 650,000 cases of abortion each year. 


Back in 1871 when my father landed in Japan, it was 
death to be a Christian. His interpreter was imprisoned 
because he translated some of Father’s tracts. Today Chris- 
tians in Japan have complete freedom. Doshisha Univer- 
sity, a Christian college which my father helped to start 
with 18 students, has grown to an enrollment of 23,000. 
Still Christianity is weak in Japan. Only one-half of one 
per cent of the people are Christians, and these belong 
largely to the intelligentsia and the middle class. Of the 
farmers, who make up about half the Japanese population, 
only two per cent are Christians. Of the laboring class 
who make up 27 per cent of the population, only three 
per cent are Christians. As a result, the trade unions and 
most of the churches are separated by a big gulf. Only a 
handful of all the churches in the Kyodan, which embraces 
nearly all the major denominations in Japan, have an aver- 
age attendance of 120 at their Sunday service. 

Both Communism and Christianity are competing for 
the loyalty of the Japanese people. My feeling was that 
Communism was losing ground to Christianity. Never- 
theless, Christianity’s greatest weakness in Japan is its 
limited social concern. The emphasis of the Christian 
Church in Japan has been theological. Of course, it spon- 
sors social service work. Orphan asylums, kindergartens, 
and schools abound. But most of the churches hesitate to 
champion the cause of social justice. So far, they have not 
moved to eliminate the causes of social evils. 

Recent Gains 

The defeat of Japan and its unconditional surrender has 
brought about many positive gains. The dictatorship of 
the military clique was ended, and the myth of the divine 
origin of the Emperor has been exploded forever. 1 he 



JEROME DAVIS, ’13, who was born in Japan of mission- 
ary parents, is executive director of Promoting Enduring 
Peace, Inc. For thirteen years he held the Stark Chair of 
Practical Philanthropy at Yale, and has also taught at 
Boston University, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Wisconsin. 
A world observer, he returned in January from an ex- 
tended tour of lecture and observation in Japan. His 18th 
book, Religion in Action, is just off the press. He is a 
trustee of Oberlin College. 

schools and colleges have been given more freedom than 
ever before. Women now have equality under the law; 
there are more women in the Japanese Diet than there are 
in our Congress. 

Feudalism, while still strong, has been given a severe 
jolt. The bonds of farm tenantry have been broken; two 
million renters have become farm owners. The trade union 
movement has become stronger. There is more political 
freedom than in the past. More social legislation has be- 
come law. Religious freedom is a reality; all religious 
faiths have complete freedom to work. 

The new Constitution, written largely by the American 
occupation forces, renounces war and rearmament. It de- 
clares: (Chapter II., Renunciation of War) "Aspiring sin- 
cerely to an international peace based on justice and order, 
the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign 
right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means 
of settling disputes. 

"In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding para- 
graph, land, sea and air forces, as well as other war poten- 
tial, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency 
of the state will not be recognized." 

Today the United States is trying to change this consti- 
tution, and the Japanese people do not want it changed. 
Rearmament is unpopular. Japan believes that mili- 
tarism does not pay, especially when you lose. When we 
wrote disarmament into the Japanese Constitution many 
Japanese came to believe that democracy meant a peaceful 
and constitutional new order. Curiously, the democratic 

and pro-American part of the Japanese population are the 
very ones who are strongly against rearmament, and it is 
the anti-American militarists and reactionary forces who 
support it. 

Minor Irritations 

A number of minor irritations have disturbed the 
Japanese people, and created some distrust of the United 
States. One is the activities of the occupational forces. 
A Japanese publication recently charged that American 
soldiers in Japan spend two million dollars on prostitutes 
a year. This figure is probably exaggerated, but it reflects 
the attitude of the Japanese. 

Confiscation of land by the United States occupation 
forces is another sore point. In Okinawa the United States 
military are now using 12.7 per cent of the island's total 
area. And they want to requisition more territory up to 
25.3 per cent of the entire land area. Fifty thousand na- 
tive families have already been dispossessed. Darley 
Downs, a missionary in Tokyo, and father of one of the 
Oberlin-in-China student representatives in Japan, testified 
before a Congressional Committee against the requisition- 
ing of this land. 

The United States also seized the finest park in all 
Okinawa, a park overlooking the entire island, which had 
been used by the inhabitants for generations, as a site for 
a radio station to beam the Voice of America to Asia. 
Today all the people are kept out of the park. 

Also, the Japanese people are almost unanimous in 
opposing United States atomic and hydrogen tests in the 
Pacific. Innocent fishermen died as a result of the last 
test, and now the United States has issued official warn- 
ing that the zone to be cleared for the new tests must by 
375,000 nautical square miles in the Pacific Ocean. I did 
not talk with a single Japanese, from members of the Diet 
to teachers in the University, who did not oppose this. 
When I mentioned that Russia had made bomb tests in 
Siberia the Japanese retorted, "Then why doesn't the 
United States make her tests in Alaska?” They all seemed 
to feel that explosions in the Pacific were in violation of 
international law. The organizers of the World Confer- 
ence against hydrogen bombs held in Hiroshima last Au- 
gust included the ex-Prime Minister, Katayama; Dr. 
Yamada, President of the Academy of Science; Mrs. 
Uemura, President of the Japanese Y. W. C. A.; Professor 
Yukawa, winner of the Nobel Prize in science, and many 
others of equal standing. This shows indubitably the 
wide-spread opposition towards this United States policy. 

A Loss in Face 

The result of all this is that the United States has been 
losing face in Japan. Professor Edwin A. Reischauer, '31, 
of Harvard University, who was born in Japan, declares of 
United States policy in Asia, "Our net score in the field 
of ideas is well below zero.” He says we present our case 
in terms that seem good to Americans but that "seem 
diabolically calculated to alienate Asians from our side. No 
major nation in recent years,” he concludes, "has been less 
successful than the United States in communicating infor- 
mation or ideas to peoples beyond its borders.” 

Totalitarianism vs. Democracy 

A crucial issue in Japan is the choice the people will 
make between totalitarianism and democracy. From my 
observations I do not think that the Japanese will choose 
Communism, but there is a danger, if we force through 

( Continued on page 11) 

FOR MAY 1956 








"The classroom ... is in the final analysis 
a place of inquiry for teacher and student." 

“There are no limits to inquiry 

so long as we conform to the conditions. . . 

By Paul F. Schmidt 

The following is a senior chapel talk given April 19, 
1956, by Paul F. Schmidt, assistant professor of Philosophy. 

S ENIORS, INCUBATING SENIORS and old tough sen- 
iors, I have been asked the following question: are 
there any topics we cannot discuss, are there any claims we 
cannot inquire into? Many persons would answer yes. I 
think there are no limits on what we can inquire into, if 
we want to, but there are some conditions on how we con- 
duct our inquiry. Those who hold that there are some 
topics not open to discussion often do so by confusing 
how we conduct the inquiry with what is discussed. If 
we can make clear the conditions relating to how we pro- 
ceed we may hope that some persons will be won over to 
our position of complete freedom of inquiry. Of course, 
there will probably remain some who will never allow 
such wide open discussion. Some things stand beyond 
question or else life seems impossible to them. But I am 
not concerned today with the many causes of dogmatism. 
What we can hope to do is so dearly spell out the condi- 
tions of inquiry that they will lose their fears and see the 
fruitfulness to men and life of our attitude. 1 say attitude 
because even though we may legislate in a democracy cer- 


tain freedoms they can be put aside by men who wish to 
practice a contrary attitude. We are all too familiar with 
this situation. 

No Question Barred 

What is the defense for the thesis 'no questions barred'? 
Simply this, we have problems and we desire solutions. 
To forbid certain questions may block the discovery of 
solutions. But to allow questions for the sake of solutions 
is not enough for this is compatible with two different 
limitations on inquiry. First there are those who hold 
that when a solution is discovered (or sometimes the solu- 
tion) no further questions need be allowed. They know 
and further question can only be sophistical and confus- 

No Final Answers 

Those who suppose that they possess the solution are 
difficult to deal with. Even though we can present cogent 
reasons against their position, these have little effect, tor 
their state of mind is not determined by evidential con- 


siderations but by psychological or sociological factors. Our 
theoretical rejoinder proceeds by constructing a situation 
in which someone denies the solution they claim. To be 
concrete, the usual methods employed by those who main- 
tain they possess the answer are intuition, self-evidence, 
revelation, authority, mystical insight, and the like. Our 
criticism proceeds by asserting as the answer the contrary 
intuition, revelation, and so on. We now have two claims, 
each parading as the answer. One of them must be wrong 
because they are contrary to one another and neither side 
can dislodge the other. In this stalemate we no longer 
have a solution to our question but two solutions, and 
hence a new problem: who is on the right track? To de- 
termine this we must pursue further questions to resolve 
the stalemate. Hence any effort to stop inquiry by claim- 
ing that the answer is known fails. 

Our theoretical reply is supported by history. If we ex- 
amine the history of science, of philosophy, and of religion, 
we can collect a list of answers and contrary answers; and 
I do not know of any single answer that has not been chal- 
lenged by another thinker. So my theoretical case is no 
misty abstraction. In the face of such opposite answers 
the only course for a person seeking a solution by eviden- 
tial considerations is further inquiry. 

Let us now consider the case in which an answer to a 
problem is in hand, but it is not claimed to be the answer. 
Why must we allow further inquiry if we have a satisfac- 
tory answer? First, for all the reasons we marshalled in 
the previous case. In addition, because the admission that 
our answer is not ultimate, leaves open the discovery of 
more adequate answers and these will only be found by 
further questioning. 

Specialized Knowledge 

The effort to limit inquiry by claims that the ultimate 
answer is known belongs mainly to past ages. In our own 
time a far more dangerous threat to inquiry comes from 
the very progress of knowledge. This progress with its 
highly technical and detailed content has brought about 
specialization and professionalism. How many times have 
you heard comments like these: 'It’s silly for you to raise 
questions about that point; it’s a highly technical matter 
and should be left to specialists; or don’t you think you’re 
being presumptuous to question that theory when it’s dear- 
ly outside your profession? You haven’t been trained in 
that discipline. You should stick to your own field where 
you know what’s going on.’ I want to emphasize that there 
is some justification for these comments but there is a 
far greater danger. The danger is that we limit who 
should ask what questions; who should debate what is- 
sues; who should provide reliable answers. I do not think 
that people who make such comments intend to limit in- 
quiry. In fact, they often intend to safeguard it by the 
rigorous standards of the profession. That is why it is so 
dangerous; it is unconscious and unrecognized. I catch 
myself falling into this trap when I hear someone in an- 
other field holding forth on what I consider a philosophi- 
cal problem. Let me describe some cases. I am in a psy- 
chology class and the discussion turns to the problem of 
sense data and perception or to the logic of scientific 
method. Or I hear some theologians arguing a metaphysi- 
cal issue; or mathematicians on the nature of logical in- 
ference; or sociologists on ethical values; or physicists on 
the meaning of causality, and so on. Unconsciously my 
suspicions rise. I think to myself, 'This is a very tricky 
point; he doesn’t know half the necessary distinctions to 
even state the problems, much less the graveyard of slip- 
pery arguments and misleading solutions; why doesn't he 
leave this question to philosophers'? Of course it may be 
that these are not philosophical questions and I do worry 
about this. But the point is that such suspicions and reflex 

attitudes are a dangerous limit on inquiry because it is 
just such new perspectives from other fields and novel ap- 
proaches that may contribute the insight to further our 

Anyone May Question 

The recent death of Louis Bromfield, farmer and author, 
is another case in point. Bromfield in a number of recent 
books on agriculture has proposed theories on disease, 
agronomy, and agricultural economics. Result: the medi- 
cal profession suspects him as a quack; the agricultural col- 
lege professors dump him in the cult of 'organic' farmers; 
the Department of Agriculture in Washington 'pans’ him 
for not knowing over-all statistics. What has Bromfield 
done? As an independent thinker he has advanced solu- 
tions in professions outside his own. Therefore we needn't 
pay much attention. He has spoken whereof only the spe- 
cialist should speak. 

Have you ever heard someone remark, 'But that’s a mat- 
ter for historians to decide; or theologians, or scientists’? 
Beware, the effect of this, intended or not, is to close off 
inquiry for some people. We see the danger clearly enough 
when the deciding body is a dictator or astrologer, but we 
are prone to it in our professions and specialization. 

On the contrary we have already argued that no one can 
tell what answers are certain or likely; and now we see 
that no one can prescribe who is going to discover them. 
All questions are legitimate and anyone is free to make 
proposals. But this freedom, like all freedom, carries a 
responsibility with respect to how the freedom of inquiry 
is practiced. What are these conditions of inquiry? 


The first is tolerance. Inquiry without limits involves 
the presentation of alternative and often conflicting 
theories. Tolerance is the condition that all theories re- 
ceive an unbiased hearing; that each be considered as a 
genuine possible solution; that we permit and encourage 
the presentation of alternatives; and that we allow these 
alternatives to be tested. Tolerance is not just a moral im- 
perative 'you ought to be tolerant’ but an attitude; that is, 
a general tendency of a person to act in a certain way. 
This point is important because many people believe ’you 
ought to be tolerant’ while in fact their action belies their 
belief. Think of the person who asserts his belief in racial 
tolerance, then finds himself personally involved in such 
an issue and acts quite the contrary. His attitude is incon- 
sistent with his belief. In my view, the more important 
thing is his attitude: watch how he acts when the chips 
are down. 

Another way to bring out the need of tolerance takes 
this course. We have shown that no answer can be de- 
fended as the absolutely certain answer. Hence all our 
answers are at best probable, albeit in some cases so highly 
probable that we take them as if certain. If only prob- 
able, then alternative answers must be tolerated in order 
that a critical scrutiny can be carried on to find the more 
reliable answer. The lack of certainty implies the need 
for tolerance if knowledge is our goal. It is worth notice 
that anyone who accepts the efficacy of scientific modes 
of investigation is committed by the logic of these methods 
to probable knowledge and tolerance. I mention this be- 
cause some scientists outside their special disciplines do 
not manifest a genuine experimental attitude. This dis- 
tresses me for I think modern science, natural, social and 
historical, is one of the distinctive features of our times. 


Closely linked with tolerance is the second condition of 

FOR MAY 1956 


inquiry, testability. If the presentation of diverse answers 
is not to issue in a chaos of claims each of which demands 
our equal tolerance, then we must have some means of 
testing among them. Continuing inquiry depends upon 
the presence of methods of testing so that from among the 
diversity a reliable answer can be selected. Tolerance with- 
out testability would issue in a relativity of answers among 
which no reasonable choice is possible and would foster 
a skepticism in which one answer is literally as true or 
good as any other. Without testability, the selection among 
alternative answers turns upon irrational forces: on power; 
on cunning; on authority; and on numbers. The world at 
all times is full of examples of each. You select your fa- 
vorites. Some people believe that some claims cannot be 
tested. But they probably have in mind too narrow a view 
of testing such as mathematical proof or laboratory ex- 
perimentation. All we ask is for the presentation of the 
relevant type of evidence which will vary with the subject 
and problem. Testing is the critical analysis and evalua- 
tion of such evidence by any interested person. If they 
give no evidence for their claim, we need give none to re- 
fute them. They create their own undoing. 


In order for testability to be possible, the various claims 
presented must satisfy a third condition: objectivity. A 
claim is objective when its reference (what it talks about) 
is open to public scrutiny by trained observers. Objectivity 
makes it possible in principle for anyone to run the test for 
or against some claim. Without objectivity, a person might 
propound an answer which he says he has tested, but no 
one else can test. Such private insights cannot be disproved 
since no one else can test them. But they are worthless 
as reliable knowledge for given a contrary private insight 
inquiry is stopped dead in its track. Needless to say, such 
private avenues to knowledge are a typical last resort of a 
theory in a 'bad way.’ Keep a wary eye on the man who 
says 'I have tested this in my own private experience, be- 
lieve me,’ unless he is willing to spell out to you or anyone 
else how the test can be repeated in your experience. De- 
stroy objectivity and you murder testability; murder testa- 
bility and tolerance produces chaos. You say you don’t 
want chaos but you can’t stand all this objectivity and 
testing. Well, then you have authoritarianism, subtle or 
obnoxious, more or less. 

The conditions mentioned so far relate to the process 
of inquiry. We now shift our attention to some condi- 
tions relevant to the people who carry on the search for 


Our insistence on public testability for theories requires 
that those who perform and report such tests do so with 
thorough honesty. For to cheat in the process of experi- 
mentation cuts out knowledge for you as well as others. It 
is not enough that our claims be objective, for the fruits 
of such objectivity can only enter the fund of communi- 
cated human knowledge if each investigator reports just 
what he finds. Honest inquiry by each observer leads to 
trust in the reports of others. 


Next, we notice that the presentation of many view- 
points, only a few of which will pass the tests for reliable 
knowledge, leads to the consequence that our own insights 
are likely to be discarded, initially or in the course of time. 
We must be ready to abandon in the face of evidence our 
own pet theories. Humility is the readiness to sacrifice 
your pet theory. I do not mean by humility some form of 

self-abasement. No, it is, rather, the willingness to follow 
the evidence wherever it leads. Such humility does not 
preclude clear assertion and forceful argument, but when 
the evidence is clear, we accept it. 

Respect for Others 

Finally, if other people are as likely as we are to dis- 
cover a reliable answer, and if in the process of testing' we 
have to trust the honesty of other observers, then we need 
to have respect for other individuals as equal to us in the 
process of inquiry. This completes our discussion of con- 
ditions relevant to persons involved in inquiry: honesty, 
trust, humility, and respect for others. 

My argument is now complete. I claimed that every 
topic is open to inquiry and discussion; that there are no 
limits to inquiry so long as we conform to the conditions 
of inquiry. The occasional disruptive consequences of free 
inquiry in the history of man do not result from the fact 
that some topics are not to be inquired into, but from the 
violation of some condition of inquiry. For instance: in- 
tolerance of persons or groups has led to death, persecu- 
tion, segregation, and ostracism. Tolerance would take 
the sting out of their revolutionary insights. Lack of ob- 
jective testability encourages various power devices to back 
up viewpoints. If a claim is objective and testable, then 
we have civilized means to settle our differing insights. 
Dishonesty destroys the kind of communication required 
for testability and further breaks the trust in one another 
that seems to be a basic need of men. Unwillingness to 
follow the evidence wherever it leads, to admit that one is 
wrong fosters arrogance and authoritarian activities to 
cover the error. Suspect the scholar who will not answer 
questions but lectures firmly to the end and marches off 
without discussion. Of course, sometimes he has another 
class. Disrespect of others casts doubt on their contribu- 
tions to the market place of ideas and often leads to treat- 
ing them as means for the realization of what someone 
else thinks is true. 

Let these conditions become genuine practice (tolerance, 
testability, respect for persons, humility before evidence, 
and honesty) and we can leave inquiry completely free for 
I cannot see any undesirable consequences that might arise. 
Those who can do not seek knowledge; the sooner we fer- 
ret them out, the better off mankind will be. 

The Function of Education 

There is one concrete application of what I have been 
saying that is especially relevant for us. In searching for 
an adequate description of the nature and function of col- 
leges and universities I have this answer: they are institu- 
tions whose function is inquiry and their various structures 
are alternative efforts to perform this function. The va- 
rious components can be judged according to whether or 
not and to what degree they promote inquiry. Teachers 
promote inquiry by research, by discussion among them- 
selves and with students in seminars and classrooms. The 
teaching of students should be reconceived as a means for 
student inquiry. The same measuring rod should be ap- 
plied to students and teachers for there is no sharp divid- 
ing line. Libraries and laboratories are means to inquiry 
and judged accordingly. The classroom in all its great va- 
riety of forms is in the final analysis a place of inquiry for 
teacher and student. Anything else is a cheap fake and 
you should demand your tuition back. Further conse- 
quences are easily discovered. 

By this standard, Oberlin rates well because you (I don t, 
even know who) have forced me to give up some of my 
pet theories and driven me on to find new solutions. In- 
quiry is alive here. 



Freedom’s Challenge 

( Continued from page 5) 

tional assistance, technical training and cultural opportuni- 
ties all these, while they may not show immediate, star- 

tling improvements, are of great long-range importance. 

Programs like Point Four and developmental assistance, 
which we have had for several years, are now growing a 
bit tired. We don't need totally new concepts, but we do 
need a 1956 model. 

We must make clear to the world that we are prepared 
to continue our help to those free countries ready to help 
themselves for as long as is necessary for them to achieve 
their goal of economic progress within the framework of 

A Development Bank 

I believe we should solicit from our European allies an 
agreement that we will jointly offer the underdeveloped 
areas of the world funds to create a development bank. 
This bank would offer low-interest, long-term loans for 
development projects. The offer should also include the 
opportunity for underdeveloped areas to manage this bank 
with the advice, if desired, of more technically advanced 
western nations including ourselves. This plan would have 
several advantages: 

1 ) It would give the less developed areas the investment 
capital necessary to move ahead in meeting people’s legiti- 
mate "rising levels of expectation.” It would fill the need 
for programs combatting illiteracy and disease and improv- 
ing living conditions — programs which private invest- 
ment groups cannot undertake but which are urgently 

needed where communist aggression remains a dire pos- 

2) It would give underdeveloped areas a stake in our 
assistance, since they would be responsible for administer- 
ing the fund and determining the most desirable and bene- 
ficial projects. 

3) It would provide for a sharing with our western al- 
lies of the cost of maintaining freedom. 

4) It would not be a handout. Repayment of a loan by 
one nation would make possible extension of a loan to an- 

In my view, this proposal would provide a dramatic new 
departure in the policy of the free nations to offset the 
economic and political advances being made by the Soviets. 
In addition, it would unequivocally demonstrate to the 
great uncommitted areas of the world that we are with 
them in the battle for freedom — to stay and to win. 

Harrison A. (Pete) Williams, ’41, represents the 6th 
Congressional District in New Jersey. The first Democrat 
ever to be elected from this traditionally "solid” Republican 
district, he went into office in 1953, filling out the imex- 
pired term of Clifford P. Case. Pie was reelected last fall 
with a tremendous plurality, a tribute to his personal popu- 
larity. He recently joined with Phidias Pollis and Michael 
Pappas of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the formation of a law 
partnership to be known as Pollis and Williams. 

He and his wife, the former Nancy McGlone have four 
children; Peter, Wendy, Jonathan, and Nina. 

From the Rim of Asia 

(Continued from page 7) 

rearmament, that the militarists and the economic royalists 
may gain control and secure a dictatorship again in this 
island empire. The Japanese people have, for genera- 
tions, done reverence to an autocratic emperor. Even now 
they have thought control laws on their statute books, 
though these are not being enforced. Individual liberty 
for all, with freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, 
is a relatively new concept in Japan. Will America help 
to perpetuate these new freedoms or will we become so ob- 
sessed with rearming Japan that we will unconsciously aid 

Even more important is the choice of the Japanese peo- 
ple between Communism and Christianity. Communism 
rejects spiritual values and places reliance on dialectical 
materialism. Christianity believes in the supremacy of 
the spiritual and moral law. Will the total weight of 
American influence hurt or promote Christianity? Some 
Japanese feel that American moving pictures shown in 
Japan are so damaging to the cause of Christianity as to 
more than offset the combined efforts of all the missionary 

Tariff Barriers 

America has not been as understanding as she might 
have been in the need of the Japanese for trade, fapan 
has a yearly food shortage of 25 per cent. She must make 

this up in trade, and a natural traffic is with Red China. 
Yet the United States has not been sympathetic to trade 
with Red China. When I was in Hong Kong I could not 
even purchase a five-cent handkerchief if it was made in 
China and take it back to the United States. The Japanese 
feel our restrictions on their trade with China and our 
tariff barriers are unrealistic in face of Japan’s desperate 
economic situation. 

Need for Help 

In spite of the negative factors I believe that Japan will 
choose democracy and Christianity if we in America do 
all in our power to strengthen the Christian forces there. 
I believe that we should send more technical help in this 
field. Why can not the missionary movement send indus- 
trialists, textile producers, hydraulic and electrical experts 
as well as experts in the field of the cooperatives and 
labor? Truly the fields are white unto the harvest in Japan 
but the laborers are few. America has it in her power to 
win all Japan for democracy if we do our part adequately. 
There are no harder working people anywhere in the 
world than the Japanese. They are conscientious, sincere 
and generous to a fault. Let us be sure that all we do in 
our American policy is in harmony with the teachings of 
the Sermon on the Mount. This is the only road to the 
winning of Japan. 

FOR MAY 1956 




By Chloe Hamilton, ’48 

Curator, Allen Art Museum 

PRODIGAL SON. Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917, French. 


New Additions to Art Museum 

O NE OF THE MORE conspicuous 
gaps in the collections of the 
Allen Memorial Art Museum, that of 
19th and 20th century sculpture, is 
now on its way to being filled, thanks 
to the generosity of R. T. Miller, Jr., ’91. 
Five pieces of sculpture were recently 
acquired from the liquidation sale at 
the Curt Valentin Gallery in New 
York with funds provided the col- 
lege by Mr. Miller for purchase of 
works of art. Of these five sculptures 
four are in bronze: Auguste Rodin's 
Prodigal Son, Dancer at Rest by Edgar 
Degas, Portrait of Fernande by Picasso, 
and Charles Despiau’s portrait bust, 
The American Woman. The fifth, 
Eve, by E. L. Kirchner is in wood. 

Largest and earliest of the five, and 
a fitting introduction to any collection 
of modern sculpture, is the Prodigal 
Son, 1889, by Rodin, the father of 
modern sculpture. Rodin chose to 
represent the prodigal at the moment 
of his return, kneeling, with arms and 
head uplifted in a suppliant pose. Five 
casts in bronze were made. The Rodin 
Museum in Paris, the Tate Gallery in 
London, and the Palace of the Legion 
of Honor in San Francisco each possess 
a cast. 

In contrast to the smooth, undulating 
surface and graceful attitude of the 
Rodin, the painted wood figure of Eve, 
carved by E. L. Kirchner in 1919, is 
taut in pose and tense in mood. Move- 
ment in the Kirchner, unlike the out- 

ward-flowing rhythm of the Rodin, is 
held in check, confined to the narrow 
mass of the block. It is a piece which 
seems to take up little space around 
it. In its hunched pose and sharp 
angular forms it typifies the spirit as 
well as the technique of German Ex- 
pressionist art of the early 20th cen- 

The Degas Dancer at Rest, executed 
between 1880 and 1895 (exact dates 
of Degas' sculpture are rarely known) 
is an intimate study in bronze of a 
young ballerina, always a favorite 
theme of the artist, hands on hips, ap 
parently at a pause in her lesson. Very 
few bronze sculptures exist in unique 
casts. Oberlin’s Degas is one of twenty- 



L’AMERICAINE (MME. STONE). Charles Despiau, 1874- 
1946, French. 

FERNANDE. Pablo Picasso, 1881-, Spanish. 


HIPS. Edgar Degas, 1834-1917, 
French. (Above). 

EVE. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880- 
1938, German. (Right). 

two similar casts in bronze made from 
Degas’ wax models by the founder 
Hebrard in Paris in 1919-1921. Degas 
himself never worked directly in bronze. 

Although Oberlin College is fortu- 
nate in owning two paintings and three 
drawings by Piccasso, the bronze Por- 
trait of Fernande of 1905 is the first 
sculpture by this master to be acquired 
by the museum. Fernande appears 
often as a model in Picasso’s early 
work. This portrait, like the drawing 
in our collection, Woman with a Fan, of 
approximately the same date has a 
quality of solemn repose often found 
in Picasso's work of the "Blue" and 
"Rose” periods. On one side of the 
face the features are sharply defined, 
while on the other they are left incom- 
plete, only roughly blocked out, antici- 
pating the reduction of forms soon to 
appear in his early cubist paintings. 

Charles Despiau, one of France’s 
foremost portrait sculptors during the 
first three decades of this century, made 
the bust of The American Woman , 
sometimes identified as Mine. Stone, in 
1927. Like the Rodin it is one of five 
casts. Two others are located in the 
Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the 
Los Angeles County Museum. The 
Oberlin example is characteristic of 
Despiau’s work in the calm, somewhat 
withdrawn expression of the sitter, in 
the delicate relationship of the parts 
and the fine precision in the modelling. 

FOR MAY 1956 


1 HROUGH the YEARS with O. D. A. 
The Second Decade 

This is the second installment of 
the history of plays produced by the 
Oberlin Dramatic Association in its 
40-year history. Productions of the 
first decade appeared in the March 

T HE second decade of its existence 
saw the Oberlin Dramatic Associa- 
tion firmly established as an integral 
part of the Oberlin scene. It was also a 
period of change. Professor Philip D. 
Sherman, affectionately known as 
"P. D.,” who had become the guiding 
force of the organization and director 
of all the productions, and was suc- 
ceeded by Professor R. Archibald Jel- 
liffe. Productions were still ham- 
pered by the lack of an adequate stage, 
with the players forced to use make- 
shift arrangements in Sturges, Warner 
Hall, and Finney Chapel. 

I T WAS during this decade that the 
first Shakespearean play was pre- 
sented — As You Like It, the Com- 
mencement play for 1926. One-act 
plays continued in popularity, and 
Shakespearean plays gradually estab- 
lished themselves as favorite for Com- 
mencement performance. This dec- 
ade also saw the first appearance of 
Professor J. Stanton (Stan) McLaugh- 
lin as director. In 1929 he acted as 
co-director with Professor Jelliffe of 
Twelfth Night, the Commencement 
play produced on June 13-14. 

1924 - 1925 

When Two’s Not Company (Mary 
Louise MacMillan), Back of the Yards 
(Kenneth Sawyer Goodman), Thurs- 
day Evening (Christopher Morley), 
April 18; Kindling (Charles Ken- 
yon), June 10, 11. 

1925 - 1926 

The Goose Hangs High (Lewis 
Beach), December 5; The House 
(George Middleton), Wisdom Teeth 
(Rachel Lyman Field), May 6; Cin- 
derella Married, with the Faculty 
Club, (’47 Workshop Repertory of 
Harvard), May 11; As You Like It 
(William Shakespeare), June 9, 10. 

1926 - 1927 

Expressing Willie (Rachel Croth- 
ers), November 27; The Valiant 
( Holworthy Hall and Robert Middle- 
mass), Wrong Numbers (Essex 
Dane), A Pot of Broth (William But- 
ler Yeats), May 17; Nothing But the 
Truth (James Montgomery), June 15, 
16 . 

1927 - 1928 

Dear Brutas (James M. Barrie), 
November 18, 19; The Knave of 
Hearts (Louise Sanders), Rehearsal 
(Christopher Morley), Shanghaied 
(Thomas Conner), November 25; Six 
Who Pass While the Lentils Boil 
(Stuart Walker), Their Husbands 
(Alice Gerstenberg) , The Old Lady 

Shows Her Medals (James M. Barrie), 
December 16; The Dark Lady of the 
Sonnets (G. B. Shaw), Tea in Hades 
(Thomas Conner), Poison, Passion 
and Petrifaction (G. B. Shaw), Feb- 
ruary 10, 17; The Importance of Be- 
ing Earnest (Oscar Wilde), March 30, 
31; lie (Eugene O'Neill), Pierrot in 
Paris (Colin Campbell Clements), 
l he Knife (Henry Arthur Jones), 
Suppressed Desires (George Cram 
Cook and Susan Glaspell); April 19, 
20; The Admirable Crichton (James 
M. Barrie), June 2. 

1928 - 1929 

The Ninth Tower (Thomas Con- 
ner), November 30; The Long Voy- 
age Home (Eugene O’Neill), The 
Emeralds (Oscar W. Firkins), Decem- 
ber 1; The Woman Hater (Gotthold 
Lessing), February 4, 5; The Queen’s 
Husband (Robert E. Sherwood), May 
18; Twelfth Night (William Shakes- 
peare), June 13, 14. 

1929 - 1930 

Thank You, Doctor (Gilbert Em- 
ery), Jazz and Minuet (Ruth Giorl- 
off), The Joiners (Arthur M. Hink- 
ley), November 22, 23; The School 
for Scandal (Richard Sheridan), De- 
cember 13, 14; A Night Wind (Wit- 
ter Binner), Where the Cross is Made 
(Eugene O'Neill), The Boor (Anton 
Chekhov), March 6, 8; Trifles (Susan 


g Jj 


TWELFTH NIGHT — On May 26, 1929, the Commencement Play was produced at the Brookwalter Farm, Springfield, 
Ohio. Members of the cast are (left to right): Alfred Hubbard, ’30, Ned Kenvvorthy, ’31 (order uncertain) Elizabetn 
Curtiss, ’30, Stan McLaughlin, ’21, Alfred Churchill, ’30, Richard Malone, ’31, Frances Dean, ’30, Leontine Pimsner, at, 
Carl Allensworth, ’30, Martha Bowditch, ’29, Elizabeth Mossman, '29, John Louis, ’29, Irene Harris, '29. 



Glaspell) , Rich Man, Poor Man (Ber- 
tha Y. Burrill) , The Neighbors (Zona 
Gale), April 11, 12; Aren’t We All? 
(Frederick Lonsdale), May 3; A Mid- 
summer Night’s Dream (William 
Shakespeare), June 13, 14. 

1930- 1931 

English I Required (Thomas Con- 
ner), Shanghaied (Thomas Conner), 
Tea in Hades (Thomas Conner), De- 
cember 5, 6; Let Us Be Gay (Rachel 
Crothers), March 27, 28; The Ivory 
Door (A. A. Milne), May 8, 9; As 
You Like It (William Shakespeare), 
June 12, 13. 

1931- 1932 

The Man in the Stalls (Alfred 
Sutro), November 5; The Man in the 
Stalls (Alfred Sutro), The Game of 
Chess (Kenneth Sawyer Goodman), 
November 20, 21; The Perfect Alibi 
(A. A. Milne), January 15, 16; The 
Cradle Song (Gregorio Martinez- 
Sierra), April 22, 23; Love’s Labour’s 
Lost (William Shakespeare), June 17, 

1932- 1933 

Six Characters in Search of an Au- 
thor (Luigi Pirandello), December 2, 
3; The Light in the Dust (R. Archi- 
bald Jelliffe), April 19-22; The Mol- 
lusc (Hubert H. Davies), May 10-13; 
The Tempest (William Shakespeare), 
June 15-17. 

1933- 1934 

Berkeley Square (John Balderston), 
January 19, 20; Electra (Sophocles), 
April 27, 28; Joy (John Galsworthy), 
June 15, 16. 

The Faculty and 

Blair Stewart, dean of the College 
of Arts and Sciences, has been elected 
chairman for 1956-57 of the commis- 
sion on colleges and universities of the 
North Central Association of Colleges 
and Secondary Schools, one of the three 
major commissions of the organization. 
As chairman of this commission Dean 
Stewart is also chairman of the Board 
of Review which handles accreditation. 

George A. Heise, assistant professor 
of psychology, is resigning at the end 
of the current year to accept a position 

in the Department of Pharmacological 
Research of Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., 
in Nutley, New Jersey. Professor 
Heise will do research on the behavioral 
effects of drugs. During the summer 
he will teach and conduct research at 
the Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 

Professor J. Arthur Campbell, '38, 
of the department of chemistry will be 
absent on leave for the school year 
1956-57. He will work with the Na- 
tional Science Foundation as program 
director for education in the sciences. 
His headquarters will be in Washing- 
ton, D. C. The Foundation is con- 
cerned with finding and fostering 
methods of insuring a continuing and 
increasing supply of scientists in the 
United States. 

Charles P. Parkhurst, head of the de- 
partment of fine arts and director of 
the Allen Art Museum has been 
awarded a Fulbright Grant for the 
academic year 1956-57. He will con- 
duct research in color at the Univer- 
sity of Utrecht in The Netherlands. 
During the summer of 1956 he will 
travel with an art exhibition in Eu- 
rope for the United States Department 
of State. He served this spring on the 
six-man advisory committee that 
worked with the Brooklyn Museum in 
setting up a fellowship program for 
training future museum executives. 

Attend Meetings 

David Robertson, director of the 
Conservatory, Miss Hilda Magdsick, 
'30, and Wesley Smith, associate pro- 
fessors of music education, George 
Wain, professor of woodwind instru- 
ments, and music education, Clifford 
Cook, '30, assistant professor of stringed 
instruments, and Paul Steg, assistant 
to the director of the Conservatory 
attended the Music Educators National 
Convention in St. Louis, April 13-18. 
Professor Wain was chairman of the 
committee devoted to small ensemble 
performance and was responsible for 
the sectional meetings devoted to 
strings, woodwinds, brasswinds, and 
percussion. Professor Cook was chair- 
man of the sectional meetings for 
stringed instruments. 

Accompanying the faculty members 
were the Oberlin Orchestra and the 
Woodwind Quintet. The Orchestra, 
under the direction of David Robert- 
son, gave two concerts, at a general ses- 
sion of the Conference, and at a string 
session. George Wain’s Woodwind 
Quintet made two appearances, at the 
combined North Central and Western 
Conference dinner and for the wood- 

wind sectional meeting. The Orches- 
tra also played a concert for the Ober- 
lin Alumni Club of St. Louis on Sunday, 
April 15, at the Grace Methodist 
Church, Robert McGill, ’43, organist 
and choir master of the church making 
the arrangements. 

Over 10,000 music educators from 
the United States and seventeen foreign 
countries were present at the Con- 

Attending the national meetings of 
the American Association of Health, 
Physical Education, and Recreation in 
Chicago in March were Lysle K. But- 
ler, ’25, and Miss Betty McCue, heads 
of the department of physical education 
for men and women, and the following 
staff members: Robert Kretchmar, 

’40, Cliff Stevenson, Janet Wignall, 
Betty M. Wagner, and Barbara Calmer. 
Dr. J. Herbert Nichols, ’ll, emeritus 
head of the department, was also pres- 
ent. During the meetings an Oberlin 
Luncheon was held at the Conrad- 
Hilton Hotel, Convention headquar- 
ters, on March 26, a get-together for 
Oberlin graduates present at the Con- 
vention. Some thirty-two alumni, 
staff members, and students attended 
the luncheon which proved to be a 
great success. There was no formal 
program, giving everyone an oppor- 
tunity to visit at this get-together in the 
midst of a very busy convention. 

Professor emeritus Clarence H. Ham- 
ilton will serve as visiting professor at 
Wheaton College, Norton, Massachu- 
setts, during the academic year 1956-57 
teaching two full-year courses: "His- 
tory of Religions” and "Philosophy 
and Religion in Eastern Asia.” 

Ben Lewis, chairman of the depart- 
ment of economics, presented a paper 
"The Economist in Government” at the 
annual meeting of the Mid-West Eco- 
nomics Association in Indianapolis on 
April 20. On April 12-15 he served 
as economic consultant to the National 
Study Conference on the Church and 
Economic Life called by the National 
Council of Churches in Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania. Earlier in April he ad- 
dressed a dinner meeting of the social 
science section of the Ohio College 
Association at Marion, Ohio, and 
worked with the Business-Education 
Program Committee of the Committee 
for Economic Development in New 
York City. During spring vacation he 
visited a number of cities in Alabama, 
interviewing businessmen and indus- 
trialists in his capacity as consultant to 
the Business-Education Committee of 
the Committee for Economic Develop- 

FOR MAY 1956 


So Well Remembered 

By Nathaniel R, Howard, x’19 

Elyria Chronicle-Telegram 

pvEDICATION DAYS, April 14-15, saw College 
and town join hands to celebrate the growth 
and progress of the Oberlin community. The spe- 
cific occasion was the completion of Barrows and 
Dascomb Halls, new dormitories; an enlarged Al- 
len Hospital; Eastwood School, new elementary 
school building in the town; and the re-naming of 
Men's Building as Wilder Hall, after its donor, re- 
cently revealed as the late Herbert A. Wilder. 

At a convocation in Hall Auditorium Nathaniel 
Howard, editor of the Cleveland News and trustee 
of the College, gave the dedication address, fol- 
lowing remarks by the mayor of Oberlin, Andrew 
Stofan, the principal of Eastwood School, Miss 
Elizabeth Martin, and President William E. Steven- 
son. A pageant, with Charley Leistner, assistant 
professor of speech as narrator, dramatized va- 
rious events in Oberlin's history. Hundreds of vis- 
itors inspected the new buildings at the open 
houses held on both days. 

Dr. J. Herbert Nichols, '1 1, emeritus head of the 
department of physical education for men and 
chairman of the Allen Hospital Board, was chair- 
man of the committee on arrangements and mas- 
ter of ceremonies. 

T HIS IS A FINE DAY for Oberlin, 
this celebration of wonderful 
modern buildings and facilities, and 
of a handsome building whose donor 
has been disclosed after more than 40 
years of his gift’s usefulness. We cele- 
brate the generosity of many persons 
today, and we salute the great college 
and its marvelous community for hav- 
ing made such friends and supporters. 

Today is a far different day in the 
history of Oberlin, if perhaps equal in 

warm-heartedness, from that day in the 
very first year of the existence of the 
college in the wilderness when the 
very first benefactions came from the 
outside world. We learn from Profes- 
sor Fletcher’s history of the college that 
in September, 1833, Oberlin received 
from John Tolman of Enosburgh, Ver- 
mont, $50 worth of leather goods — 
"two sides of small upper leather, 10 
pairs of thick Brogans, 5 pairs Women’s 
Bootees, 2 pairs Calf Skin Boots” — 

and the following spring received from 
the estate of James K. Shipherd $62 
worth of books, and from Harmon 
Kingsbury of Cleveland 2 Axes, 1 
horse lame in one foot, 1 Shovel. I 
Pitchfolk, 1 Hoe, 1 Neck yoke for 
wagon harness, 1 Joiners plane, 1 
Water pail, 1 Half bushel, and 9 Other 
Articles which may be of some value 
to your establishment." 

I expect the college in the wilderness 
may have had a gathering something 



BARROWS HALL, housing 197 men, 
has been occupied since March 10. 
Located on Woodland Avenue, south 
of Noah Hall, it is a three-story, red 
brick structure built at a total cost of 
$518,800. Special facilities include 
ten study lounges, kitchenette, laun- 
dry and pressing rooms with auto- 
matic washer and dryer, built in 
wardrobes and bookcases. 

like this one to rejoice that the fame of 
the new college had attracted friends 
in the outside world. . . . 

This is not only a fine day for Ober- 
lin, but a great day for your speaker, 
who is proud of the invitation to sound 
the keynote at this all-Oberlin occasion. 
You have before you a "town boy” who 
was nurtured not merely by this college 
but sheltered and taught and above all 
encouraged by this community, the like 
of which does not exist in many other 
places in America. For all its nobility, 
the college of Oberlin would be some- 
thing more sterile without its town and 
colony of Oberlin — - just as the town, 
without its great college, would sink 
back into the undistinguished and 
much less intellectual average of mid- 
western American towns. 

JL this assembly, that you let me show 
you in however a rambling and senti- 
mental way how a youth from this 
town and this college can have for 
nearly 40 years a constant and support- 
ting pride that he came from here, that 
this was his native heath. The account 
is a modest story, but maybe it brings 
to light for Oberlin people what is 
distinctive, what is superior about this 
native heath. My brother and I were 
brought here as half-grown boys by our 
mother, who found opportunity to 
teach in Oberlin High School at a time 
when both boys were preparing for col- 
lege. She was allured by the reputa- 
tion of both college and town for be- 
ing Christian and God-fearing places, 
but it was attractive to her not merely 
on moral and spiritual grounds, but as a 
community where informed and edu- 
cated people lived and created an at- 
mosphere of intellectual interest far 

DASCOMB HALL, newest dormitory 
for women, will house 190 women. It 
has dining facilities for 400, adapta- 
ble to cafeteria or family style meals. 
Erected on the site of old Dascomb 
Cottage on West College Street at an 
over-all cost of $714,500, it will be 
ready for occupancy some time this 
spring. It has built-in wardrobes 
and bookcases, kitchenettes on each 
floor, three laundry and pressing 
rooms equipped with washer and 
dryer, two typing rooms. 

A. E. Princehorn 

OBERLIN’S best-kept secret for 
nearly half a century was revealed 
with the announcement that Herbert 
A. Wilder, Boston business man and 
philanthropist, was the anonymous 
donor of the Men’s Building. At- 
tracted by the academic standing of 
the college, its conservative religious 
teaching, and the personality and 
leadership of Henry Churchill King, 
then president, Herbert Wilder, quite 
without soliciation, got in touch with 
President King, offering financial aid. 
His one condition was that his be- 
quests remain anonymous. Over the 
years those gifts totaled $370,000; cost 
of the Men’s Building was $160,000. 
In addition, at his death in 1923, it 
was discovered that Oberlin College 
was a participant in his residuary 
estate. The amount of that final gift 
is not yet known. Now that restric- 
tions on anonymity have been re- 
moved, the Men’s Building will here- 
after bear the name Wilder Hall, 
which name has already been carved 
over the entrance of the building he 
so generously donated. 

A. E. Princehorn 

FOR MAY 1956 


above the run of the Ohio industrial 
towns or the farm-supported county 
seats. I remember that it seemed as 
important to her that there was good 
music here as that there were churches 
and preachers of vital Protestant influ- 
ence. After having lived in three cities 
and two small towns, she was rewarded 
here in Oberlin with a level of cam- 
panionship of mind and intelligence 
for which she, a truly intelligent wom- 
an, had been searching all her adult 
life. And whatever else I shall think 
of Oberlin on my deathbed, it will re- 
main the place where Mother, an im- 
poverished widowed teacher, found her 
happiest years. And why not? It was 
not merely that the college stood to 
offer poor boys the approximate equal 
of any liberal arts instruction in the 
land; it was that the whole community 
was dedicated to the importance of 
Christian cultural education, as con- 
trasted to localities devoted to material 
gain or to the fleshpots or to idle re- 
sort recreation. And further that it was 
a singular community, where nearly 
every grown citizen, in an aura of 
friendliness and respectability, was 
willing to help stand guardian and pro- 
tector to the age, size, and kind of boys 
Mother had on her hands. What more 
or what better could she have found 
anywhere in the United States for a 
person of her circumstances and mis- 
sion in life? 

T REMEMBER SO WELL, also, that 
1. as an adolescent I marveled at times 
at the friendliness of everyone in 
Oberlin, before I came to college age. 
The high school was a distinguished 
one for its time, as new and ardent in 
its teachers and teachings as it was then 
old of building. Its pupils came by 
preference from all over Lorain County, 
and we looked down on all the larger 
high schools hereabout as knowing 
nothing of our superior teachers and 
standards of lessons. There was never 
a superintendent who was friendlier 
and happier with all teachers and pupils 
than Howard Rawdon, and even high 
school students looked forward to a 
pleasant, stimulating word from him, 
for he always seemed so interested in 
us. He always knew the score. But 
he was no friendlier than the other 
grownups about us, who never seemed 
too busy to stop, talk, and inquire into 
our juvenile affairs and give us that 
marvelous feeling that the entire town 
existed for our activities and our good 
growth into manhood. My greatest 
personal debt was to Carl and Bert 
Kinney, whose patience with eager, 
aggravating boys was very great. They 
produced a lot of journalists in their 
newspapering and printing years here 
simply by adopting any boy who was 

fond of type and the printed word, 
and none of their boys every forgot 
them. I know I learned patience, and 
understanding with people as much 
from Carl Kinney’s example as from 
any one. But all the grown-ups of that 
day were fond of the boys and girls in 
Oberlin, and always found time to help 
and to interest them. I and the others 
owed many people for their attention 
and good will to us — Frank Tobin, 
A. G. Comings, Irving Channon, Ira 
Porter, Miles Watson, C. R. Graham, 
J T. Henderson and George Close, 
Mort Houghton, August Straus and 
Will Carruthers, Earl Morris, the White 
Brothers, Phil Ohly, Wilbur Phillips, 
A. M. Loveland, A. Z. Tillotson, Louis 
Burgner, the Gibsons, Otis McKee, 
Ernest Yocom, and the doctors of the 

town, and the ministers of the town. 
In little and big quiet ways, they did a 
considerable lot of philanthropy for the 
hard-pressed college students and some 
of us town youngsters . . . 

J. the college community of this day, 
not because these were not equally gen- 
erous and influential with us, but to 
highlight my opinion that the towns- 
people of Oberlin were then, as before, 
as they must be now, an extraordinary 
class of people in many ways more re- 
fined and of greater virtues than the 
same class in other similar towns. In 
what other town would you have en- 
countered a George Wood, who turned 
his means, energies, and home over to 
the program of teaching open air sport, 

“MY greatest personal debt was to Carl [left, with granddaughter, Stephanie 
Chase] and Bert Kinney, whose patience with eager, aggravating boys was 
very great.” 

“WONDER what she was like?” Janet Bear, ’59 (left) and Sarah Dubsky, '58, 
seem to be thinking as they contemplate the portrait of Oberlin’s first dean of 
women as it hangs in the new dormitory named in her honor. 




team play, and good sportsmanship to 
the small boys of Oberlin? One George 
Wood would be worth a million dol- 
lars to any American town and would 
save twice that amount in protection 
over the years against juvenile delin- 
quency. What I am trying to say is that 
it was not merely a sweet community 
endowed to clean and wholesome liv- 
ing, but a town which had unusual and 
talented citizens who had turned away 
from greater rewards and careers else- 
where because they, too, liked this na- 
tive heath and felt its individuality. 

for the town’s existence; and the 
character of the college, in each differ- 
ence in nature and function from other 
colleges, was mostly the reason for the 

town’s character. I must be one of 
many who still believe devoutly in the 
superiority of both rhe College and the 
town because of these differences, 
though, like all of us, both College and 
town live in a very much changed 
world today from the peaceful and less 
realistic and less alarmed world of 1914 
and 1915. To begin with, both College 
and town are much bigger and more 
handsome, with streamlined facilities 
and modern services and comforts 
which would have seemed very plush 
to us in 1914 . . . No one then had a 
conception of the kind of new public 
school which we celebrate here today, 
just as no college student then would 
ever have expected to see the magnifi- 
cent dormitories which today we cele- 
brate ... In a day when the old Ober- 

lin hotel was grandeur and comfort 
enough, nobody, simply nobody, could 
have envisioned the air-controlled and 
streamlined inn which crowns the com- 
munity to its great benefit. Parking 
lots were unnecessary in 1916, many 
present college courses of today were 
beyond the imagination of then, and 
a student could board as inexpensively 
as $ 2.75 a week. An inflation of every 
sort has overtaken Oberlin along with 
the rest of the world within the 40 
years of which I speak . . . We have had 
an inflation of the imagination and its 
powers, and a powerful trend away 
from what surely every one in Ober- 
lin regarded 40 years ago as a safe 
status quo of eternal truths. 

T O TELL THE TRUTH, we of our 
generation have had far more 
stretching of our realizations and far 
more revising of what we believed 
would never much change than either 
the generations of our fathers or our 
grandfathers. It was not that we did 
not expect Oberlin continually to 
change for the better — we did not 
understand that the changes would be 
faster and more radical. It wasn’t that 
we pinned our faiths in college and 
community to moral and spiritual pref- 
erences that have changed, for these do 
not in our society and our religion; but 
it has been the case that we may have 
been slow to comprehend that moral 
principles may show up in more ways 
and more uniforms than we ever sus- 
pected they might . . . 

years ago, among loyal Ameri- 
can citizens who expected the best of 
American civilization and estimated the 
future in too little an estimate. It is 
almost as if we did not know how great 
our College and town were bound to 
become. Ours was the mistake of not 
thinking in large enough terms. The 
eminence of Oberlin College 40 years 
ago was marked among the colleges of 
the land; the eminence of Oberlin to- 
day is vastly more impressive and the 
Oberlin community can afford to live 
up to this eminence in higher and faster 
values and pride because, praise God, 
the old principles of Christian education 
and the necessity for God-fearing re- 
spect for good against evil are just as 
clear in Oberlin's charter today, and 
are far more impelling to rhe world 
in which we live. 

W HEN THE COLLEGE developed 
Allen Memorial Hospital, it 
was again a locally extraordinary thing 
because so few towns this size had any 
hospital at all . . . But does the town 
fully realize that in today’s world of 
(Continued on page 30) 

“ONE George Wood would be worth a million dollars to any American town 
and would save twice that amount in protection over the years in juvenile 
delinquency.” The boy is Ted Princehorn. 

ADMIRING the plaque honoring John Henry Barrows, fifth president of Ober- 
lin, is his grandson John Barrows Irwin and his wife. Mr. Irwin is professor 
of astronomy at the University of Indiana. 


for may 1956 


Around and About the Campus 

with Wayne FOOTE, ’56 

L AST WEEK was a weekend for 
dedications, with four new struc- 
tures for the town and college com- 
pleted, and a freshly chiseled frontis- 
piece for the former Men’s Building. 
This weekend I ventured out to see 
what had been going on. 

In a glassed-in office at one end of 
the kitchen of the new women’s dormi- 
tory I found Mr. Harry Anderson, vice- 
president of Saga Food Service, which 
is now operating the huge dining hall 
and will be serving the whole campus 
next fall. 

"This is the most modern and best 
equipped kitchen of all the nine college 
dining systems we are operating," he 
said, showing me some of the new 
apparatus which was being cleaned up 
for the opening meal. "Perhaps now 
we can treat the students to a little more 
gracious living.” 

He showed me a twenty-foot auto- 
matic dishwashing machine which 
passes trays of dishes through two 
washing sections and a rinsing com- 
partment out onto a long drying rack. 
The last rinse contains a wetting agent, 
he explained, which makes the water 
drain off quickly without leaving 
streaks or drops on the glasses or sil- 

There are walk-in coolers for milk, 
meat, vegetables and frozen foods, rows 
of stack ovens, roasting ovens, and 
stoves. There are also a couple of 
mammoth double boilers which look 
like kettles, with their lower parts in- 
cased in a steam jacket. One of them 
has a lip on one edge, and can be tilted 
by turning a wheel. The other "steam 
kettle” is emptied by a spigot at the 

On the side of the kitchen nearest 
the dining hall are two long cafeteria 
counters capable of handling over a 
thousand students an hour. This sec- 
tion is equipped with warmers for hot 
plates, pass-through refrigerators, ro- 
tary toasters, two 40-gallon milk dis- 
pensers, and an ice-cube machine. 

I ventured into the dining hall. The 
yellow-green walls are broken only by 
the folded dark-green partitions which 
can divide the hall into three large 
dining rooms and a smaller one. As I 
looked at the rows of shiny, light- 
topped round tables with matching, 
functional chairs, I wondered whether 
the presence of 300 active, hungry 
people would enliven its sterile appear- 

"It may take a little time for stu- 
dents who have been eating in the 

smaller, older dining halls to get used 
to the new set-up," said Mr. Anderson. 
"We consider it part of our job to 
help them get to like it.” 

I wondered whether I would want to 
learn to live this way. 

A FTER OUR introduction to a 
modern kitchen I decided to pay 
a visit to Mrs. Carrie Smith, former 
cook and head cook at the Oberlin Inn 
for seventeen years, and a cook for the 
College for another seven. I had 
known her as the plump, smiling cook 
at Grey Gables, Co-op, before she had 
been forced to retire last year because 
of a heart attack. 

When she came to the door 1 didn’t 
recognize her. 

"I lost over a hundred pounds while 
I was sick," she said. 

I told her about the Dascomb kitch- 
en. "I’m afraid I’m getting too old to 
learn all over again,” she said. "The 
kitchens I've always worked in have 
been old-fashioned, and I’ve usually 
had to improvise with what was at 

hand. I’d be lost in the new kitchen." 

Mrs. Carrie Warner Smith has lived 
in Oberlin since she was twenty, cook- 
ing for Oberlin people in one way or 
another. Her father was a slave who 
escaped and ran away to live with the 
Indians when he was a boy. He be- 
came a blacksmith for the Union cav- 
alry stationed at the Mennonite Chey- 
enne Mission in Cantonment, Okla- 
homa. Carrie's mother was a pure- 
bred Arapahoe. Her father died when 
she was 18 months. 

Although many of the missionaries 
would have liked her to go to North- 
field, Carrie decided her best choice 
was to attend a Negro college, and so 
she went to Hampton for four years. 

As many of the missionaries of her 
acquaintance had lived in Oberlin, 
Carrie eventually came here. She 
started off doing party work for people 
in the town. Then she started cooking 
at the Oberlin Inn, and soon became 
head cook, working under the Rawdons 
and later under Mrs. Ruggles. She was 
afterward, made head cook at French 
House and stayed through three direc- 
torships. Later, she became cook for 
Grey Gables, serving as first cook, with 
the students themselves as her assis- 



LOS ANGELES — A real Southern 
California Chamber of Commerce day 
added to the unique San Fernando 
Valley ranch home of Edward Everett 
Horton, x'07, as the setting for a sig- 
nificant annual meeting Sunday after- 
noon, February 26, of the Oberlin As- 
sociation of Los Angeles. Over 200 
alumni and guests attended to make 
it the largest gathering of Oberlin 
folks in the thirty year tradition of 
the Los Angeles Washington's Birth- 
day "big” meeting. As usual, the 
group included many members from 
the outlying centers of the California 
Southland, proving once again that 
Alma Mater leaves a happy impression 
that her sons and daughters like to 
recall. . . . 

The event provided ample time for 
members to meet old friends, make 
new friends, and to enjoy several pro- 
gram highlights. 

Most reminiscent of college days 
was the showing of a recent set of 
beautiful transparencies produced by 
college photographer A. E. (Pinky) 
Princehorn, projected by Kay McCol- 
lough Grant, '32, with commentary by 
Fritz Harshbarger, '52, who added a 
fourth dimension to each picture by 
means of clever and personal remarks 
directed to the point of view of one 
who might anticipate enrolling at 

Vernon Robinson, '25, had plenty 
of cooperation in leading a song ses- 
sion which included the old favorites 
Ten Thousand Strong, Alma Mater, 
Strolling, and Oberlin My Oberlin. 
Ruth Mount, T4, headed a committee 
assisting the hostess, Hannabelle Hor- 
ton Grant, T3, in greeting and intro- 
ducing members. Feme Tudehope’s, 
'17, committee served a delicious tea 
in a most charming fashion. 

. . . An account of the recent Los 
Angeles Annual Meeting would not 
be complete without special mention 
of the hospitality of the Horton fam- 
ily who have opened their home on 
many occasions for similar events. In 
fact, a heading in one of the spring 
issues of the Oberlin Alumni Maga- 
zine of 1930 uses these same words: 
"Enjoy Horton Hospitality." The 
article continues ". . . 125 loyal Ober- 
linites gathered there for a one o’clock 
pot luck luncheon which pierced the 
gloom of a rainy day. . . . Mrs. E. E. 
Horton, an Oberlin mother indeed, 
told of the days when she first moved 
to Oberlin, with the primary thought 
of giving her children the best avail- 
able environment and opportunities 
for educational and musical advan- 
tages. . . On that Washington's 
Birthday meeting Mrs. Horton was 
then 80 years old and the mother of 
four illustrious Oberlin graduates. On 
this 1956 counterpart she was 96, and 

Alumni Clubs 

as charming as ever. The Association 
presented her with a corsage as a 
small token of her enduring and de- 
voted interest in Oberlin. 

New officers of the Club are: 
President: Laurence N. White, "33; 
Vice-President: Mrs. Harry Fong 

( Emilie Chan, x’46 ) ; Secretary: Mrs. 
Donald A. Nielsen (Kathryn Robin- 
son, "39); Treasurer: Gordon B. Mc- 
Rae, ’31. 

An interim committee functioning 
since the first of the year was com- 
posed of Ruth Mount, "14, Mrs. Wil- 
liam C. Biel ("Bitty” von Wenck, 
’30), Laurence White, "33, and Gor- 
don McRae, "31. Dr. William Biel, 
'31, was chairman of the nominating 
committee. Retiring officers included 
Robert A. Keller, "36, Mrs. J. Holmes 
Ford ( Louise Arnold, ’23), Alex Dick, 
"05, and Albert J. "Bud” Hicks, ’39. 

Lawrence N. White, "33 

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego-Ober- 
lin Club met on February 8, at 6:30 
in the lounge of the House of Hospi- 
tality, Balboa Park. Of the thirty-two 
persons present, twenty-four were 
alumni and eight were guests. 

As a highlight of the evening 
Francis Kellog, "04, showed slides of 
Oberlin and the 1954 Commencement. 
Mr. Kellog’s pictures were taken when 
Oberlin was green and lovely. To 
Californians the greenness of Oberlin 
in June is especially impressive. We 
have color here most of the year, but 
we forget how beautiful the elms are. 

Another highlight was a tape re- 
cording by Leslie H. Fishel, Jr., "43, 
Executive Secretary of the Alumni As- 
sociation. After the dinner and pro- 
gram, Florence Otis, "09, played Ober- 
lin songs on the piano and everyone 
joined in the singing. 

Jean Filkins, "38 

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis-Oberlin 
Club met for dinner at the Grace 
Methodist Church on January 10. 
Thirty-five members were present, in- 
cluding President William E. Steven- 
son and Dean Blair Stewart. 

Harry Zekind, "26, president of the 
Club, presided over the party, which 
was a lot of fun. He awarded, for 
meritorious service "honorary degrees'" 
and citations to various officers of the 
local club, to President Stevenson, 
Dean Stewart, and to Alumni Secre- 
tary Leslie H. Fishel (in absentia). 

After the awarding of these "hon- 
orary degrees” Dean Stewart spoke 
and then President Stevenson talked 
informally about Oberlin — about the 
building program, various grants, 
scholarship funds and awards given to 
Oberlin. He also spoke about the 
present activities of the school and its 

Cynthia L. Dean, "45 

ROCHESTER — The Rochester-Ober- 
lin Club held a most successful Christ- 
mas party on December 29. Approxi- 
mately sixty people were present in- 
cluding several of the present students 
and around ten prospective students 
from the Rochester area. 

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington- 
Oberlin Club met November 2, 1955, 
at the home of H. Wade Rinehart, 
"19. Twenty-two people including 
Richard Seaman, "55, assistant director 
of Admissions and Paul Douglas, Di- 
rector of Public Relations were pres- 

President Don Niederhauser, "40, 
gave an interesting report of his visit 
to the Club President’s Council at 
Homecoming. Richard (Bunky) 
Seaman gave an up-to-the-minute re- 
port of the progress of the Develop- 
ment Fund, and Paul Douglas dis- 
cussed campus life. 

On Tuesday evening, March 27th, 
the College Choir presented a concert 
at the Cathedral Church of St. John, 
as part of their spring tour in the east. 
The Oberlin Club of Delaware was 
proud to co-sponsor this event, and 
we were more than gratified to hear 
the precision and musicianship of the 
choir on such a professional level. 

This being the first time that Wil- 
mington has been included in the itin- 
erary of the choir, and with the com- 
petition of many local concerts sched- 
uled during the same week, we were 
happy to have the church filled to 
capacity, not only with Oberlin alumni 
but with many people from the music 
field in this area. 

I think that this is a tribute to the 
excellent reputation of Mr. Robert 
Fountain and the Oberlin Choir. After 
hearing their marvelous program and 
the subsequent expressions of hope that 
they would return in the future from 
many of those in attendance, I am 
sure that Oberlin could not have sent 
better musical ambassadors to Wil- 

Nancy Lee Rice, '53 

CHICAGO, WOMEN — A section of 
the Chicago-Oberlin Club (La Grange, 
Hinsdale, Wheaton, Western Springs) 

FOR MAY 1956 


OBERLIN MEN’S CLUB of Cleveland at the Mid-Day Club, February 22. The 
newly formed club had one hundred and thirty in attendance to hear talks by 
President William E. Stevenson and Walter K. Bailey, T9, president of Warner 
& Swasey Co. Toastmaster was Sparky DiBiasio, ’40, assistant principal of 
Euclid High School, Cleveland. 

met at the home of Mrs. Helen Har- 
mon, mother of Barbara Harmon, ’56, 
on Friday evening, February 17. Be- 
cause of a bad blizzardy night only 
fourteen were able to attend. 

After delicious refreshments the 
group enjoyed colored slides of 
Oberlin Today. Very generous con- 
tributions for the Scholarship Fund 
were received which will be added to 
those of the Oak Park and River For- 
est groups, all part of the Oberlin 
Women's Club of Chicago. 

Alice Ward, ’15 

one o'clock luncheon meeting was 
held February 23 at the home of Mrs. 
Philip Gott. The three co-hostesses 
were Mrs. A. H. Prasse (Fannie Dit- 
trick, T9), Mrs. M. N. McKinney 
(Katherine Hughs, ’34), and Miss 
Ethel Cain, x'll. 

Colored slides were shown of the 
George Bents’, '20 (Eleanor Hopkins, 
'22 ) four months European trip this 
past summer. The photographs were 
excellent, and Eleanor gave a most in- 
teresting account of their experience 
in taking them. 

Alice Anderson Galloway, T6 

On March 3, some thirty members 
of the Oberlin Women's Club of Chi- 
cago, representing classes from the ’90’s 
on down into the '50’s, met for luncheon 
in the Club Room of the Art Institute. 

Of great interest and importance to 
all was the progress report on raising 
funds for 1956 scholarship aid through 
benefit parties or teas in homes of mem- 
bers. Two such parties have been held. 
The first was at the home of Geraldine 
Schloerb Meyer, '42, in River Forest 
on January 12 th. The second was at 
Mrs. Helen B. Marman’s in Western 
Springs on February 17th. Both were 
highly successful in purpose and most 
enjoyable. If possible more neighbor- 
hood meetings of this sort will be 
planned in Chicago and other suburbs. 

A business session and a conducted 
tour of the Old Masters, completed the 
program for the day. 

Elizabeth A. Hughes, TO 
Corresponding Secretary 

Cleveland-Oberlin Club began their 
Garret Shop Week sales February 20, 
under the direction of Mrs. J. Melvin 
Young (Bernice Harte, ’35). Mem- 
bers who volunteered use of their 
homes as collection centers include 
Mrs. Harry M. Will (Helen Thomp- 
son, ’22), Mrs. Philip Worcester 
(Virginia Brooks, ’44) and Mrs. Mel- 
vin Young for the East Side, and Mrs. 

E. M. Shelton (Carolyn Klinfelter, 
'18 ) Mrs. Jack Boughton (Elizabeth 
Walser, ’39), for the West Side. Over 
1400 was realized for the Scholarship 

Hostesses for a buffet supper on 
Wednesday evening, February 29, 
were Mrs. Sherman Dye (Jean For- 
sythe, ’38) East Side, and Mrs. Rich- 
ard J. Davis (Marion Sprague, ’39) 
West Side. 

Entertainment for the evening at 
both gatherings was a resume of past 
Mock Conventions and a preview of 
the one coming up by four college 
students. Van Beck Hall, ’56 and 
Joan Nelson, '56, met with the East 
Side group and Mr. and Mrs. John 
Lawrence, ’56 ( Elinor Holzinger, ’58) 
and Dorothy Maloney, ’56, met with 
the West Side group. 

Hospitality Chairman Mrs. Roy G. 
Harley (Jane Edwards, ’38) was in 
charge of decorations and name tags 
for both dinners. 

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngs- 
town-Oberlin Club has held several 
meetings in recent months. On No- 
vember 2, twenty-seven members met 
at the home of Grace Jones, k’30. 
Mrs. Karl E. Soller ( Patricia Brady, 
’45) was dinner chairman. Mrs. 
Eustace Galvin was the speaker at 
this meeting and brought an interest- 
ing story about her experiences in the 
White House. Mrs. Galvin was sec- 
retary to an official in the Depart- 
ment of the Interior when all plans 
for remodelling the White House 
were formed. 

On December 7, Mrs. C. B. Miller, 
Jr. (Harriet E. Miller, ’29), was host- 

ess to thirty members of the Club at 
a Christmas party and installation of 
officers. Mrs. John H. Oesch (Pri- 
scilla R. McCormick, ’41) had charge 
of dinner arrangements. Mrs. Wil- 
liam E. Fowler (Martha Bailey, ’23) 
gave a piano concert which was fol- 
lowed by an informal exchange of 

Then, on February 8, twenty-one 
alumni and one guest were present at 
the dinner meeting held at the home 
of Mrs. Earl Hudson (Laura B. Ly- 
man, ’26). A "Silent Auction” was 
the evening’s entertainment. 

New officers of the Club are: 
President: Mrs. A. P. Van Iderstine 
(Elizabeth Cameron, ’42); First Vice- 
President: Mrs. Maurice Heeter 

(Beatrice Ralston, ’29); Second Vice- 
President: Mrs. Herman Cover (Eliza- 
beth Grindlay, k'33); Secretary: Mrs. 
Forrest Frye (Virginia L. Rhoads, 
x'37); Treasurer: Mrs. Robert Gibson 
(I. Marjorie West, x’23). 

On March 28, the Oberlin Youngs- 
town Club had a dinner meeting at 
the home of Mrs. John H. Oesch (Pris- 
cilla R. McCormick, ’41). 

Mrs. C. Kenneth Clark (Katharine 
Griswold, ’22) showed slides depicting 
the color and beauty of Old Mexico. 
She also gave a vivid description of 
many of the places visited on her trip 
last summer. 

Co-chairmen were Mrs. Donald 
Childs (Mary Curtiss, k'23) and Mrs. 
Robert E. Gibson (Marjorie West, 
x'24). Others on the committee were 
Mrs. Herman Cover (Elizabeth 
Grindley, ’33), Mrs. George Deeter 
(Florence Head, ’24), Lucile Fitch, 



’25, Grace Jones, k'30, Mrs. William 
Landles (Alma Winston, ’28), Mrs. 
George Pugh (Ellen Berton, k’16), 
Mrs. Fred W. Rowits (Anna Mae 
Reimel, x’25), Mrs. Karl E. Soller (Pa- 
tricia Brady, ’54), Eleanor Stehman, 
'45, Mrs. Robert Laughlin (Phyllis 
Ohly, k’33) and Mrs. Maurice Heeter 
(Beatrice Ralston, ’29). 

Elizabeth Van Iderstine, ’42 

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh- 
Oberlin Club held an Open House on 
Tuesday evening, January 3, at the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Clark, ’39, 
for the Oberlin College students com- 
ing from the Pittsburgh area. 

Included in the twenty-four people 
present were four Oberlin students, 
David Glick, ’57; Christine Paulsen, 
’59; Donald Hickman, '59; and Brad- 
ley Reardon, ’58. 

An attractive and delicious buffet 
was prepared by alumni members. 

On Friday, March 18, a nine inch 
snowfall, and the winter’s worst 
weather struck Pittsburgh when area 
alumni were scheduled to meet for 
dinner at seven o’clock in Stouffer’s 
Penn Avenue Restaurant. 

Dr. Lawrence E. Cole, T8, chairman 
of Oberlin’s department of psychology, 
was grounded in New York and could 
not fly to Pittsburgh as scheduled to 
talk to the club on "A Look at the Li- 
beral Arts College Student in an Age of 

Fortunately, Dr. Leslie H. Fishel, ’43. 
executive secretary of the Alumni 
Association, who had also accepted an 
invitation to the dinner managed 
somehow to drive into the snowbound 
city, and once there agreed to become 
speaker of the evening. Les talked of 
the Oberlin spirit, and the Oberlin 
people, with their goals of learning, 
then the communication of that learn- 
ing in the world’s daily search for truth 
and justice. 

Reviving fond memories of life on 
the Oberlin campus for each alumnus, 
he also noted the way Oberlin alumni 
carry collegiate idealism to nation-wide 
reality. A description of current cam- 
pus activities, including the coming 
Mock Convention, appealed tremend- 
ously to the twelve prospective stu- 
dent attending the dinner with their 
parents. Ten of diem, incidentally, 
were men, and four of them came from 
West View High School, where Charles 
Soergel, ’43, is a music teacher. 

Guests numbered almost 70, despite 
the storm. Presiding at a brief busi- 
ness meeting, Dr. Minnie L. Lynn, ’28, 
introduced board members present and 
Mr. Charles H. Adams, '21, who heads 
the 1956 Alumni Fund Drive. Mrs. 

Robert H. MacGregor (Lilly M. 
Smith), ’43, social chairman, handled 
the reservations; Roy Thomas Clark, 
'39, program chairman, introduced the 
speaker. Other club officers are Wiley 
A. Busey, Jr., ’47, vice-president; Mrs. 
Peter S. Olmsted (Polly Comegys), ’45, 
secretary; and Martin A. Hamburger, 
’49, treasurer. New board members 
are Mrs. Louis G. Royston (Martha 
Maze), ’47, and William A. Rogers, 
’44. Newcomers to the club in Pitts- 
burgh this year are Diane Lawrence, 
’54, Nancy Brown, ’51, Bardarah Mc- 
Candless, ’48, James Lloyd, '51, and 
John Copeland, ’48. 

Rev. Owen M. Walton, T6, gave the 
invocation. The meeting adjourned 
after a period of questions and answers 
following Dr. Fishel’s talk. 

Peg Moore Schauffler, ’43 
Publicity Chairman 

lin Alumni and friends from Northern 
New Jersey met March 10 at 8 o’clock 
at the West Orange Community House, 
West Orange. The party was for the 
benefit of the Club’s scholarship fund. 

This was the Club’s first really social 
evening, and everyone said they had a 
wonderful time. Since most people 
were lost, the party didn’t start until 
around 9 o’clock. 

The program featured songs by 
Warren Schmolls, ’43, who made his 
debut at Town Hall last fall and won 
the annual award sponsored by the 
Madrigal Society of New York. Slides 
about Oberlin, an Alcoa movie, "Un- 
finished Rainbows,” games, dancing, 
and community singing with Mrs. G. 
Stanley Platt ( Eleanor Adams, ’43 ) at 
the piano, rounded out the evening. 

The Scholarship Committee, of 
which Mrs. Walter Halfman (Clarice 
McDonald, ’40) is chairman, had 
charge of arrangements. 

Reservation Committee chairmen 
were: Mrs. John M. Gardner (Ruth 
Holland, ’38), Mrs. Ralph Gilbert 
(Josephine Richards, ’47), Mrs. John 
H. Mason ( Alice Tallmadge, ’47 ) , Mrs. 
William R. Ruch (Jean Maust, ’45), 
Mrs. L. A. D’Arsaro (Barbara Sachs, 
’49), Mrs. James R. Youtz (Marilyn 
Jenkins, ’43), Dr. Robert Kroc, ’29, 
Mrs. Grant Buttermore (Gwendolyn 
Freeman, ’45), Mrs. William Axtell 
(Enid Harper, '41 ). 

Clarice McDonald Halfman, ’40 
Scholarship Chairman 

ANN ARBOR — Nearly a dozen high 
school seniors gathered at the apart- 
ment of Ruth Bradford, ’55, and Shir- 
ley David, ’55, in late December to 
hear about the glories of the old Alma 
Mater. Norm Thoms, ’55, spoke , on 
athletics, Joan Steiner, ’55, talked on 

student government and the counsel- 
ing system. Virginia DeVyver Flet- 
cher, ’53, drew on the knowledge she 
gained as assistant recreation director 
at Oberlin to explain the pros and cons 
of Oberlin social life. Shirley and 
Ruth served up conservatory informa- 
tion along with the cocoa. 

Originally scheduled to last an hour 
and a half, the party lasted nearly four 
hours under the persistent questioning 
of the high school students. Frankly 
an experiment, this meeting of school 
students with some "younger” alumni 
proved to be a very successful way of 
advertising Oberlin. Perhaps it could 
be tried in other graduate centers where 
several young alumni are gathered. 

The meeting was under the general 
sponsorship of the Oberlin Alumni 
Club of Ann Arbor. 

Larry Bandfield, ’55 

CINCINNATI — The Oberlin Cin- 
cinnati Alumni Club held its annual 
"get-to-gether" on March 29, for the 
present alumni, students, and prospec- 
tive students at the home of Mrs. Wil- 
liam A. Mitchell. I am happy to re- 
port that the affair was a huge suc- 

For several years Mrs. Mitchell, 
president of the Club, has opened her 
home for this meeting, and the stu- 
dents and adumni owe her a sincere 
vote of thanks for making these meet- 
ings such a success. 

Robert O. Smith, Jr., ’38 
Admissions Chairman 

On April 2, one hundred and ten mem- 
bers and friends of .he Oberlin Club 
of Western Massachusetts met for din- 
ner before attending a concert by the 
Oberlin College Choir. 

The Choir is magnificent! Professor 
Robert Fountain, -et al, are to be con- 
gratulated. It was a wonderful eve- 

Henry M. Passmore, ’48 

DETROIT — The Detroit-O b e r 1 i n 
Alumni Club met at four different 
homes February 25 for a Pot Luck 
Supper. Because of bad weather and 
illness only 48 members were able to 
enjoy the parties. 

Hostesses for the evening were: 
Mrs. Carl Haessler (mother of Celia 
Leighton, ’56); Mrs. J. Paul Leonard, 
(Dortha Salisbury, ’24); Mrs. Everett 
V. Martin, (Dorothy Green, ’27); 
Mrs. R. F. Laitner (Jeanne Smith, 

I attended the dinner at Mrs. Haess- 
ler’s home and enjoyed it very much. 

I know others had equally good times. 

Amy F. Webster, '16 

FOR MAY 1956 


Oberlin in Sports 

by William I. JUDSON 

W ITH ALL FIVE of Oberlin's 
spring sports having veteran 
squads except golf, the Yeoman ath- 
letes got off to an all-winning start 
on opening day. 

Following the pattern of rhe past 
two years, Coach Bob Kretchmar’s 
baseball team opened against Capital 
University. The Caps won 5-1 de- 
cisions in both ’54 and ’55, but this 
year the Yeomen came out on top with 
a 9-4 victory. 

Cliff Stevenson’s lacrosse team 
played a March contest with Cortland 
State when the New Yorkers made 
a vacation trip into this area. After 
winning that game, 12-0, they also 
won their regular season opener over 
Ohio State, 12-6. 

The tennis team, again coached by 
Lysle Bucler, had an easy time in win- 
ning their first match with Akron, 8-1. 

Dan Kinsey’s track team, loaded with 
20 returning lettermen and several 
promising freshmen, is poised for its 
opening meet with Wooster, and Coach 
Bob Clark’s golfers open their season 
here against Akron. 


D AVE HOECKER, ’56, started on 
the mound for Oberlin at Capital, 
but he gave way to Dale Conly, ’56, in 
the 6th. Dave ran into trouble in the 
5th after getting the first two men out 
on a tap to second and a strikeout. A 
hit batsman, a walk and two hits gave 
the Caps two runs and a 3-2 lead. 
Oberlin, however, bounced back with 
the tying run in the 6th and sewed it 
up in the 8th, when they put together 
three hits, three walks and had the 
benefit of four errors. 

Jon Christianson, ’56, If, led the Yeo- 
man attack with three hits in four 
trips, and Dick Wigley, '57, rf, and Don 
Webster, ’58, lb, each had two for four. 
Other Yeomen who broke into the 
opening game lineup were: Captain 
Bill Weaver, '56, cf; Bob Ashcraft, '57, 
2b; Jack Williams, '58, 3b; Edwin 
Sundt, ’58, ss; and John Chivily, ’57, 
and Clyde Slicker, ’58, c. 


L ED BY Co-Captains Jerry Abeles, 
'56, and Gary Tucker, ’56, the la- 
crosse team has 13 lettermen back from 
last year’s team which won four of its 
first five games and then ran into 
trouble in its final three games. 

After their good showing in the 
first two games, Stevenson had high 
praise for the work of Ben Lindfors, '59, 
Jerry Glasoe, ’56, and Ralph Dupee, 
’57, on the attack; Chuck Suhr, ’56, Del 
Mason, '56, Ron Oakley, ’56, Bruce 
Marcus, ’58, Joe Montague, ’56, Dave 
Hibbard, '59, and Abeles in midfield; 
Tucker, Tom McDade, ’58, and Bill 
Reed, ’57, on defense; and Charlie 
Sheptin, ’56, and Roger Heinzen, ’57, 
in the goal. 


only one of his singles players 
of last year, Coach Lysle Butler’s net- 
ters should have another of their 
perennially strong teams. 

Seven lettermen — Captain Gary 
Craven, ’56, Bill Brandeis, ”57, Dave 
Byrens, ’58, Jim Compere, '57, Dave 
Fox, '57, Hart Hessel, '56, and Bob 
Jensen, ’56, — are back and the most 
promising freshmen are probably Gil- 
bert Gleason, Dick Page, and Bob Ken- 
nedy. The team had an 8-2 record last 
spring and finished third in the Con- 
ference championship tourney held be- 
hind Denison and Ohio Wesleyan, the 
only teams to beat them during the 
regular season. 


ITH A LARGE core of 20 re- 
turning lettermen, Coach Dan 
Kinsey is facing the new track season 
with optimism. 

On the basis of last year’s perform- 
ances and early season practices, his 
most outstanding prospects are: 
Henry Edwards, '58, Forrest Jobes, 
'57, and Walton Johnson, ’59, in the 
sprints; Jerry Worsham, '57, Bob 
Takach, ’57, Ivar Ylvisaker, ’59, and 
Aaron Lazare, ’57, in the 440; Tyler 
Olsen, ’57, Dave McKnight, '58, and 
Rog Livingston, ’58, in the 880; Bob 
Service, ’58, and LeRoy Lamborn, ’59, 
in the mile; John Miller, ’56, and 
Garth McCormick, '56, in the two- 
mile; Steve Wise, ’57, Chuck Robison, 
'57, John Kepler, '59, Fred Gaige, ’59, 
and Johnson in the hurdles; Doug 
Davis, '57, Art Pascoe, '58, and Gaige 
in the pole vault; Jan Jenniches, ’57, 
Don Tull, ’59, and John Fisher, ’58, 
in the high jump; Jenniches, Wise, 
and Gaige in the broad jump; Arno 
Hanel, ’56, Dick Henderson, ’57, 
Fisher, Ray Carlson, '59, and Bill 
Vaile, ’59, in the shot and discus. 





at Capital 








at Denison 








at Wooster 





at Ohio Wesleyan 






at Allegheny 


Mr. Union 










John Carroll 




Mt. Union 








at Denison 





at Kent State 








at Ohio Wesleyan 


at Western Reserve 


at Hiram 


Ohio Conference 








Findlay 112 









Case-Fenn 99/ 






at Denison 


Central State 


at Kent State 


Ohio Conference 


meet at Wooster 




Cortland State 





at Ohio State 




at Denison 




at Kenyon 





Ohio State 






Cleveland Club 





61 / 

13 1/2 








at Case-Hiram (Aurora) 

( canceled ) 


at Kenyon (Granville) 




10 / 





Mt. Union 


Ohio Wesleyan 


at Ohio Intercollegiate 


at Ohio Conference 





Elias Hicks, Quaker Liberal by Bliss Forbush 
(13-15), has been published by Columbia Uni- 
versity Press. 


Rev. Edward French, t, is the oldest ordained 
Congregational minister in the Vermont Confer- 
ence. He began preaching at Guildhall. Vt., in 
June, 1892, and has served nine churches. He 
has arthritis in his right knee but is able to do a 
little light work in his shop. He makes his 
home in Johnson, Vt. 


Charles H. Christian, son of Mrs. Charles 
Christian (Anna Salzer), died on March 21. He 
was an executive with the Tnterlake Iron Co. of 
Cleveland. Since retiring from her position as 
assistant principal of West High School. Cleve- 
land, Mrs. Christian has been living at Orlando, 


Jessie Kelly has had a year of operations since 
March 1955, but reports that she is recuperating 
well. She lives at 811 Holly St., Mena, Ark. 


Mr. and Mrs. John L. Laird (Mary Day) 
have returned to their home in Ashtabula, Ohio, 
after spending the winter in Florida. They spent 
half of their time in Clearwater Beach where 
their daughter Helen, ’38, and Tom Harris, ’33, 
live with their family. The remainder of their 
time in Florida was spent in Ft. Lauderdale. 


Winifred Banschbach Putnam writes from 
flood damaged Yuba City, California: . . . “I 
can’t explain to you how busy I have been the 
past three months trying to get organized. I 
really do not get enough sleep or rest. Three 
‘wet’ houses to clean up and revamp have taken 
all my strength and endurance. My own resi- 
dence was shoved off its foundation, and only this 
week was lifted and straightened around. I was 
the only one to attend to all of the accompany- 
ing business. Even now I should be off to buy 
more paint, curtain rods, a couple of screen 
doors, and the like. 

“Very fortunately I was spared the terrifying 
ordeal of the awful rush of water which hit my 
section of town the hardest. I was off on a bus 
tour to Acapulco, Mexico. I read the news of 
the danger to Marysville as we were entering 
Mexico City. Four of us on the bus lived in 
the devastated area. But what could we do? 
We continued on with the tour. . . . 

“We returned to Marysville January 6, and in 
the bus depot learned much of the wrecked con- 
ditions of Yuba City. We did not know in 
which house we would find shelter. And were 
we ever happy to see the lights in the home of 
Mrs. Grace Trout, my companion, the warmth 
and family there. 

“Many heroic stories did not reach the press, 
nor stories about the lives lost when the rush 
of water caught up with and drowned people in 
their cars, and on the highways. How the labor 
camps, the auto camps, the hospitals were evacu- 
ated in time is a mystery to me ! Warning was 
not given until one hour after the levee broke, 
the levee being one and one-half mile south. 

“My real strain and endurance test began 
when the second evacuation was called. That 
night, at 2 a. m., after friends had stacked fur- 
niture on tables and high shelves I left with them 
for relatives of theirs on higher ground. Two of 
us slept on the floor the rest of the night. At 8 
o’clock the next morning I was on my way to 
Chico. Fortunately each car full of refugees had 
friends waiting for them. When I arrived, so 
unexpectedly, there were already five refugees at 
this house. We were taken care of for two days 
and even given clothing. The water did not come 
into the city this time, but the levee was weak, 
and there was great danger, as there were ‘boils’ 
— the water shooting up several feet high, show- 
ing that there was water underneath the levee 

"After this second evacuation, it kept on rain- 
ing. I couldn’t get into my house. The doors 



Scurlock Studio 

LOUISIANA LADY 7 — Camille Lucie 
Nickerson, Mus.B., '16, Mus.M., ’32, is 
known as the “Louisiana Lady” 
when on concert tour singing Creole 
folk songs, many of them her own ar- 
rangements. An accomplished pian- 
ist, as well as a singer, Camille is an 
associate professor of music at How- 
ard University. For a time after her 
graduation from the Conservatory, 
Camille was on the concert stage. 
Later, her interest in Creole folk mu- 
sic led to her receiving a Rosenwald 
Fellowship for research in the field. 
Last summer, following a perform- 
ance at the National Negro Opera 
Foundation’s Evening Under the 
Stars, held in Washington, D. C., Ca- 
mille left for France, where she gave 
some 14 recitals before large and en- 
thusiastic audiences. This Septem- 
ber she starts on a concert tour that 
will take her throughout the United 

were jammed shut, the furniture piled up in the 
front room. I had a very helpless feeling. I 
finally got Red Cross help — free labor. 1 worked 
with a crew of five men as they cleaned out the 
house. Some of the furniture was shoved out 
the front door to be carted away, some out the 
back to be looked over. We worked in soft mud 
that sucked at our feet. And so for the next 
two weeks, when it was not raining, or the cold 
north wind blowing. I plodded around in the 
back yard, wondering what I could save.” 


Rev. Andrew Moncol, s. celebrated in Febru- 
ary the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the 
Congregational Christian ministry. Most of his 
ministerial service has been with Slavic immi- 
grants in Minnesota and in Cleveland. Tn 1950 
lie visited Czechoslovakia to find out more about 
the religious conditions of the Congregational 
churches there, preaching in several Protestant 
churches in Prague and in Slovakia. 


Dr. Ruth Parmelee is establishing her perman- 
ent headquarters at 144 Hancock St., Auburn- 
dale. Mass., although she expects to be out of 
the States for five months, visiting Greece and 
Turkey, and other Middle East areas. 


Last fall Eugene C. Bird served as technical 

leader for a party of Brazilian Farm organization 
leaders on a study of US agriculture which cov- 
ered 13 states in 9 weeks. He has been asked 
to lead a group of Brazilian Extension Leaders 
on a three-months study and perhaps another 
group in the fall. Though technically "retired,” 
he is busier than ever. Mrs. Bird has had the 
misfortune to break her hip, but they hope that 
she will be well enough for an Oberlin visit this 


The University of Buffalo Press has recently 
published a report by Dr. Edward S. Jones 
"College Graduates and Their Later Success” 
which is a study of men graduates of the Uni- 
versity of Buffalo twenty years after graduation. 

Wilbur Swan is pastor of the First Presbyter 
ian Church in Superior, Neb. Two of his sons 
are Oberlin graduates — Jon. ’50, is teaching in 
Switzerland, and Arthur, ’46, recently returned 
from a tour abroad with the Robert Shaw choral 

Dr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Williams (Gertrude 
Finney) spent ten days in Panama during Janu 
ary. They made the trip by freighter out of 
San Francisco. Their home is in Carmel, Calif. 


Shirley Esther Lee’s address is now Methodist 
Home for the Aged, 4353 Hamilton Ave., Cin- 
cinnati 24, Ohio. A bad heart keeps her in bed. 
She knows no one in Cincinnati, and she would 
appreciate cards or letters from her classmates 
and friends and visits from Cincinnati alumni. 

Elma Pratt was in Oberlin in late March, en 
route to South America to work in the field of 
art. While here she gave a talk in costmue and 
showed slides of Guatemala and Peru and sam- 
ples of textiles. 


Mr. and Mrs. H. Dana Hopkins (Flossie 
Michaels, x) live in Landover Hills, Md. Mr. 
Hopkins is executive secretary of the National 
Association of Business Schools with headquar- 
ters in Washington, D. C. 


Matsuta Hara, t,m, has retired from the presi- 
dency of Seinan Jo Gakiun after 33 years (in- 
cluding 10 years of deanship). A new high school 
building has been named in his honor, "Hara 
Memorial Hall.” 

Merle Lyon has been appointed as Referee of 
the Appeals Council of the Social Security Ad- 
ministration for the southeastern area of the 
U. S. His headquarters are in Atlanta. Ga., and 
he will have charge of all of the appeals cases for 
the states of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina 
and part of Tennessee. After graduating from 
Chicago Law School in 1921, Mr. Lyon prac- 
ticed law in Chicago until 1938, when he entered 
government service as a lawyer on the staff of 
the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Com- 
mission in Washington. Six years later he trans- 
ferred to the Civil Aeronautics Board, specializ- 
ing in route hearings involving applications for 
new airline routes throughout the world. From 
1947-50 he served on the Vested Property Claims 
Committee of the Philippine Alien Property Ad- 
ministration, and for the past five years has been 
Chief Trial Attorney for the Veterans Adminis- 
tration, in charge of legal staff engaged in the 
defense of cases before the Veterans Education 
Appeals Board. 


Isiah Oberholtzer, tm, writes from Piney 
Woods, Miss. : “We are down in the deep South 
for the winter and to assist a very worthy cause 
of cementing good will among the races. We 
feel the Colored folks have been neglected in 
every field but the economic. . . . We will be 
back in Trotwood, O.. by June.” 


Henry R. McPhee, Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. 
Henry McPhee (Mary Ziegler) ’18, is engaged 
to Joanne Lambert. Henry graduated from 

FOR MAY 1956 


1 rinceton and Harvard Law School, served in 
World War II in the Navy, and is a member of 
the President’s staff at the White House. Joanne 
graduated from Connecticut College, studied at 
the University of Geneva, Switzerland, for a 
year, and is on the staff of Rep. John Robison. 
Jr., of Kentucky. 

Lilliam Montgomery resigned as of May 1 
from her position as executive director of the 
YWCA in Wilmington, Del. She has been in 
YW work for the past 26 years, serving as ex- 
ecutive director at Clinton Island, la., Williams- 
port. Pa., and Saginaw, Mich., before coming to 
Wilmington in 1948. She plans to move to Wash- 
ington, D. C. 


Frances Brown was married last Nov. 23 to 
“a fellow teacher at Roosevelt High School, Day- 
ton, O., Ralph A. Price, a University of Illinois 
graduate, M.A., Columbia University, business 
law and banking — also a companion golfer.” 

Thomas Farquhar is president of the Gasflux 
Company, a small manufacturing concern which 
supplies the equipment and materials for the Gas- 
flex process of brazing. The company has re- 
cently moved its plant from Mansfield to Elyria, 
O. Mr. Farquahr also owns Airlenco, Inc., 
which produces condensing filters to remove 
water and oil from compressed air lines. 


Leeds Gulick, x, is director of the field work 
program of Doshisha Seminary in Kyoto, Japan. 


Bruce Catton, x, his been named honorary 
chancellor of Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., 
for the year 1956-57. He will deliver the prin- 
cipal address at commencement exercises on 
June 10 and will receive the honorary degree of 
doctor of civil law. Mr. Catton is editor of 
American Heritage magazine and is well known 
for his books on the Civil War. His “A Stillness 
at Appomattox” won the Pulitzer Prize Award. 

Ray Hengst has been promoted to secretary 
and general counsel of the Eaton Manufacturing 
Co. of Cleveland. 


MADE MANAGER— Wilbert Mon- 
tie, 27, former manager of the Halle 
Cedar-Center store, has been ap- 
pointed manager of the new South- 
land store to be built soon at West 
130th Street and Pearl Road, Cleve- 
land, Ohio. Wilbert started his 
retailing career with Halle Bros. 
Company in 1930, following his grad- 
uation from Oberlin, and was mer- 
chandise manager for Halle’s down- 
town store from 1942 to 1952, prior 
to his post at Cedar-Center. 


After nine years in Youngstown, N. Y., Rev. 
and Mrs. Frederic Helwig (Elmina Chatfield) 
moved to Sackets Harbor, N. Y., last year. Mr. 
Helwig is pastor of the United Church. 


Arthur Andrews is teaching economics, sociol- 
ogy and political science at Findlay College, 
Findlay. O. He was formerly superintendent of 
schools at Tontogany. O. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews 
and their three girls live in Bowling Green, O. 

Ben Goodsell, x, plays viola with the Atlanta 
(Ga.) Symphony Orchestra. 

Mrs. Henry Gould (Frances Wheeler) is 
teaching at Tennyson School in Sheffield Lake, 
O., and lives in Avon Lake. 

Mr., x’23, and Mrs. Vincent Hart (Ruth 
Raine) spent Christmas with their son Fred, who 
is an A/2c at Travis Air Force Base in Califor- 
nia. On their way, they stopped to see Mr. and 
Mrs. James Spillane (Grace Arnold, ’21) in 
Bend, Ore.. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Sturtevanl 
(Madge Baldwin. ’23) in San Mateo, Calif., and 
Mr., x 50, and Mrs. Bradford Warner (Mary 
Beth Yeend, ’47) in San Francisco. They re- 
turned to Seattle via the coast route, the day 
after it was reopened after the floods. 

Rev. Samuel R. McKinstry, tm, returned last 
July to serve the Presbyterian Church at Marion, 
N. Y., which was his first pastorate (1922-29). 
For the past 26 years he had served the Avoca 
Presbyterian and Howard Union. 


‘‘New Frontiers in Rural America” (Public 
Affairs Press of Washington, D. C.) by Mrs. 
James Steer (Margery Wells) was published in 
February. The book is an outgrowth of her ex- 
periences in community improvement projects 
and provides practical suggestions on improving 
economic, social and cultural life in rural areas. 
She edits the Beaver Township Topic, a monthly 
newsletter. Living on a 75 acre farm gives her 
a grassroots view of rural problems. 


Mrs. Helen Stokes (Helen Hamilton) went to 
Charleston, W. Va. , last September to be execu- 
tive director of the YWCA. She is working with 
a staff of 10, plus several hundred volunteers, to 
carry out a program with more than 5000 en- 
rolled. Charleston is a growing industrial city 
with people from all over the country. 


Mrs. Homer Coseo (Helen Lenhart, x) reports 
that her husband is an engineer with the Jeffrey 
Manufacturing Co. in Columbus, O. 

Karl Florien Heiser writes: “At the time of 
our last reunion, 1951, I was doing clinical work 
and research in mental deficiency in New Jersey. 
Much has happened since then, especially in 
1954. Was remarried and left Vineland Training 
School to set up a new treatment-training insti- 
tution of my own in Kentucky. Failed to raise 
enough money ; gave up and took a job with the 
Psychological Corporation in New York City. 
Now I have an easy and pleasant life evaluating 
industrial executives and a small amount of diag- 
nostic and clinical work with people with psy- 
chological problems. One son is in the Marines, 
the other still in college. I hope to get to Ober- 
lin for reunion in June.” 

LeMar Lehman has sold his duplex house and 
bought a smaller house at 3718 Reed St., Fort 
Wayne, Tnd. He would be glad to hear from 
Oberlinians going through Fort Wayne. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Price (Elizabeth 
Rugh) flew to Nepal in January. Harry has 
been appointed UN Economic Advisor to the 
Nepal government. They are living in the midst 
of the mountains and are not far from Mt. Eve- 

Dr. Roberts Rugh is continuing his research 
iii radiology at Columbia University Medical 
Center. His wife (Harriet Sheldon Rugh, *2 7) 
has charge of the nursery department of the 
Town School, a private school in New York City. 
Their daughter Mary Elizabeth, ’49, and her 
husband Jarrard Downs, ’49, with their children, 
Jennifer and Michael, have returned from a 
year’s exchange teaching in Europe. Jarry is 
back at Gilwan School in Baltimore, Md., where 
he has taught for several years. Their son, Bill, 
’58, is at Oberlin, 


Mrs. Waller Blocher (Katharine Moulton, k) 
is living in Canton, O. Her husband is assistant 
sales manager tor Republic Steel Corp. there. 


t I ? r '-, a ,1 d , Mr5 ’ Harold F ' Worley (Winona 
Jack, 31) have a son, Harold, Jr., born on Aug. 
11, 1955. They live in Stone Creek, O. 


After five years at the Cleveland Child Guid- 
ance ( enter, Jessie Bowen lias become psychiat- 
ric casework supervisor at the Crile VA Hospital 
in Cleveland. 

After spending 1954-55 on a Ford Foundation 
grant studying at the University of California, 
Joseph Himes is “back at the old stand,” teach- 
ing at North Carolina College. 


Jessie M. Dike is director of the adult program 
at the YWCA in Jersey City, N. J. She is liv- 
ing at 419 W. 115 St.. New York City. 


Robert Eisenhauer has been appointed to the 
newly created position of director of public rela- 
tions for the New York Central Railroad. 

Maylon Hepp, professor of philosophy at Den- 
son University, Granville, O., is author of a 
textbook “ flunking Things Through” published 
in March by Charles Scribner’s Sons. 


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bliss (Ann Cooke) have 
moved to Arlington Ilts., 111., about 25 miles 
from the Chicago “Loop.” Bob is with National 
Carbon Company in Chicago. They have 4 
daughters, Virginia Ellen, 11, Peggy, 8, Betty, 
6, and Lucy 5 yrs. 

Mrs. Eric Orling (Alice Eigert) writes from 
90 Parkwoods Rd., Manhasset, L. I. : “We are 
settling down in our new home on Long Island. 
Eric was elected president of Baker Castor Oil 
Company, subsidiary of National Lead, in De- 
cember, and is now learning the art of commut- 
ing to the fantastically big city of New York. 
Our children, now 12, 8, and 7, are adjusting to 
the newness of things better than their parents 
are, though I am sure we shall be happy here 
in beautiful Manhasset.” 


On January 1, Richard Aszling became a gen- 
eral partner in the firm of Earl Newsom & Co., 
public relations firm, New York City. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Farndell (Teresa How- 
land) and Carolyn (8) are in Ann Arbor, Mich., 
for the school year. Gordon is completing resi- 
dence work for his Ph.D. in musicology at the 
University of Michigan. He is on leave from 
his teaching position at North Central College, 
Naperville, 111. 

Mrs. Howard A. Garnett (Gretchen Nobis, x) 
is teaching singing at Western Reserve Univer- 
sity. Her husband is treasurer of the Dairy-Pak 
Corp. of Cleveland. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Stewart Ryall (Lucy Wood- 
ruff, ’37) have moved to 977 Carlisle Ave., Ham- 
ilton, O. Stewart is an accountant at the Gen- 
eral Electric Company plant in Evendale, O. 


Laurence Perrine. associate professor of Eng- 
lish at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. 
Texas, is author of Sound and Sense: An Intro- 
duction to Poetry published in January by Har- 
court. Brace & Company. The Perrines have 
two sons, David, 5, and Douglas, 4. 

Tracy Strong, assistant principal of the Jnter- 
tlional College of the American University of 
eirut (Lebanon) writes: “We seem to have 

■en travelling during 1955, or rather meeting 
sending off friends at the airport or docks. . . • 
-rtainly Beirut is very much fulfilling its ms- 
rical role of being the transshipping point be- 
:een east and west with over 80 daily landings 
id takeoffs at the International Airport. . . • 
s you can gather, we are not isolated, even 
ougli remote from part of the world, l ou have 
idoubtedly been aware of the continuing ten- 
ms in tliis whole area, but unless you have 
sited the people, you may find it difficult to 




Hobart Hill, ’19, professor of hu- 
man relations at Missouri Valley 
College and resident administrator 
of the American Humanics Foun- 
dation, was recently elected first 
president of the newly organized 
Missouri Sociological Society. His 
wife is the former Neva M. John- 
son, ’17. They have two children, 
John H. and Carol Jeanne. 

appreciate the fact that there is still war in the 
Holy Land, that each day individuals are being 
shot at and killed on both sides of the very in- 
adequately-drawn armistice line of 1948. ... Is 
it any wonder that solutions are difficult, when, 
even, perhaps especially the students propose 
that the only way to bring peace is through war? 

. . . Our student body has not changed a great 
deal, except that we are finding it increasingly 
difficult to keep up with the growing demand for 
education in this whole part of the world. Our 
elementary school literally turns away a thous- 
and students every year. . . . Our three children 
came through the year in fine style — Terry, 6H, 
is in first grade in an excellent French school; 
Tony, 4, is attending an American-type nursery 
school; Lauretta, 3, keeps busy and happy at 


Mr. and Mrs. Will Heiser and family returned 
to the U. S. from New Delhi, India, in Decem- 
ber. After visiting relatives and friends along 
the way, they arrived in Washington in mid- 
January. Bill resigned from his government po- 
sition and joined the firm of Justin & Courtney, 
Consulting Engineers in Philadelphia. On Feb. 
16 he left the States again — this time for 
Lahore, Pakistan, where he is project manager 
supervising the construction of two small hydro- 
electric projects for the Pakistani government. 
Since he expects to be there only a few months, 
the family is living in Silver Spring, Md. 


Henry L. Burnett is a member of the newly 
created Consolidated Training Department of the 
American Optical Co. 

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gasser (Edda Penko) 
have returned from Norway and are now in Las 
Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Gasser is in the wage 
classification division of the White Sands Naval 
Proving Grounds. 

Mrs. Clifford Harvout (Nellis DeLay) has 
been living in Nanuet, Rockland County, New 
York, for the past six years. Formerly on the 
WQXR music staff, she is a cellist in the New 
York City Center Ballet Orchestra and the 
Chautauqua Symphony. On April 15 she ap- 
peared as soloist with the Suburban Symphony, 
playing the Saint Saens Concerto for Violoncello. 

Mrs. James McEnery (Agnes Nordin, x) is 
secretary to the purchasing agent of the Dayton 
Foundry, Dayton, O. 

J. Laurence Willhide has been appointed Dean 
of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cin- 
cinnati, O., effective September 1. He is now 
assistant professor of music education at the Uni- 
versity of Cincinnati and coordinator of the mu- 

sic education department for the College-Con- 


Mrs. Wilbur Eastman (Margaret Cheney) and 
her family have moved to 223 Bear Brook Drive, 
R.D. 2, Westwood, N. J. Her husband’s firm, 
Prentice-Hall, Inc., is building a new building 
in Englewood Cliffs, N. J. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Edgar (Mary Jane 
Hoppe) are in England this year. Dr. Edgar is 
an exchange professor at Homerton College, 

Allen Siebens is assistant to the president of 
American Machine and Foundry Co.. New York 
City. Allen and his wife live in Essex Fells, 
N. J. 

Louis J. Szabo is a sales representative for 
radio station WSRS in Cleveland Heights, O. 


Arnold Blackburn will be in Europe next year 
on a Fulbright Fellowship. Robert Requa, '50, 
is “filling in” for Arnold during 1956-57 and will 
be teaching organ at the University of Kentucky 
and organist at Christ Church in Lexington, 
Kentucky. At the present time, Bob is Minister 
of Music at the Congregational Church in Nau- 
gatuck, Connecticut. 

Robert Hadley, x, is a mechanical engineer 
with the Diesel Motor Division of General Mot- 
ors in Detroit, Mich. 


Jean Antes, Dean of Women at Midland Col- 
land College, Fremont, Neb., is president of the 
Nebraska Personnel and Guidance Association 
for 1956. 

J. Warren Brett, x, is on the advertising sales 
staff of Look Magazine. 

Joy Coombs is a secretary in Denver, Colo. 

Mrs. Eugene Gordon (Mary Green) writes: 
“We are moving to Tachikawa Air Force Base 
just outside Tokyo and shall be there until July, 
1957. Gene takes the place of Jarvis Strong, 
x’40, who is returning to the States. 

After seven years in Japan, most recently as 
consul in Sapporo, Daniel Meloy is returning to 
Washington for an assignment in the Department 
of State. 

Sydney Merrill, x, is a partner in a general 
store in Bethlehem, Conn. 

After six years as pastor of the Second Con- 
gregational Church in Holyoke, Mass., Rev. 
Jerry W. Trexler, t, became pastor of the Con- 
gregational Church of San Mateo, Calif., on 
March 1. 


Gordon Hoddinott has been with the Dobeck- 
mun Company in Cleveland for almost nine 
years, and at present is supervisor, Laminated 
and Extruded Products Division. He continues 
his music as baritone soloist at the Church of 
the Cross in Cleveland Heights. Gordon and 
his wife, Mary, announce the birth of their first 
child, Thomas Edwin, on Feb. 21 and write that 
“Tommy has already taken over as boss of the 

In April, Rev. George A. Johnson became pas- 
tor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashta- 
bula. O. Formerly he was pastor of the First 
Presbyterian Church in Bucyrus, O. 

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kearns (Loretta Mas- 
ters) report the birth of Patricia Louise on 
March 5 in Bozeman, Montana. 

Mrs. Clifford Nordstrom (Harriet Brown) 
writes: “We’re glad to be back in Ohio! Clif- 
ford was transferred from his position of Chief 
of Special Services, Lebanon, Pa., VA Hospital 
to the same position at the Dayton VA Center 
on Jan. 15. No time to notify Oberlin friends 
beforehand.” Their new address — 713 Oxford 
Ave., Dayton 7, O. 

Mrs. Hugo Wagner (Pat Holden, x) recently 
broke her leg riding horseback. Her husband is 
a structural engineer with the Air Defense Com 
mand at Colorado Springs. The Wagners have 
three children - Ann, 1 1, Jeanne, 7, and John, 5. 

Herbert G. Weinberg is a student this year at 
the University of Wisconsin. He is married to 
Gabriela Ramirez. 


Patrick Abare, x, has been transferred from 

Anglo Bank at Red Bluff, Calif., to the Crocker 
Anglo National Bank at Merced, Calif. 

After a year and a half as Registrar and Direc- 
tor of Placement at Wilson College, Chambers- 
btirg. Pa., Janet Jacobs has changed duties and 
is now Dean of Freshmen and Director of 

Mrs. James Mowcry (Laura Willmore) is a 
social worker in New York City. 

For the next three years. Virginia Pidgeon 
will be serving as a nurse at the American Uni- 
versity of Beirut in Lebanon. 

Dr. Donald H. Shimler, stm, begins new 
duties on May 1 as minister of education at the 
Bronxville Reformed Church in Bronxville. 
N. Y., a residential community in Westchester 
County. In May, the church will break ground 
for a four-story educational building, fellowship 
hall, chapel, and extension to the sanctuary 
chancel. Dr. Shimler, who received the doctor 
of education degree from Columbia University 
in 1953, has been minister of education at Trin- 
ity Reformed Church in Canton, O. 

John Trowbridge, x, is traffic manager for the 
Kerr Steamship Co. of Seattle, Wash. 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wagner (Leonore Uhl- 
man) have a second son, John Christopher, born 
on Feb. 9 at the Japan Baptist Plospital, Kyoto, 
Japan. Leonore and the children are living in 
Kyoto while her husband studies Korean lan- 
guage and history and completes work on his 
Ph.D. thesis. 


Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Benson (Lois Stock- 
ton) of Pittsburgh, Pa., have a son, Robert 
Davis, born March 4. 

Dr. Ralph D. Brown, x, recently completed 
Army Medical Service in Munich, Germany, and 
returned to practice internal medicine in Everett, 
Wash. Ralph is on the staff of the Everett 
Clinic. Ralph and his wife have four children — 
daughter, Noel, son, Dexter, and twins, Gretchen 
and James. They live at 1112 Grand Ave. 

Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Bullard (Frances Wet- 
tach, x) have a third daughter, Kathy, born Aug. 

B. Wright, ’36, staff assistant in the 
finance department of the Chesa- 
peake and Ohio Railway Company, is 
winner of the first prize of $750 in 
the New York Railroad Club’s 1955 
essay contest. Walter’s paper was en- 
titled “Suggestions for Changes in 
Rates to Improve Railroad Traffic 
Volume and Net Earnings, with Con- 
testant’s Views on Improving the 
Competitive Position of the Rail- 
roads.” Walter joined the Chesapeake 
and Ohio finance department in 
Cleveland in 1950, after serving as 
staff assistant to the president in the 
New York office. 

FOR MAY 1956 


TORS of the Metropolitan Opera 
Guild, Inc. was Mrs. George Bassett 
Roberts (Jerry McCord, ’28). She 
will work on the opera’s educational 
program for secondary schools in 
Westchester County. 

During the past year she has been 
working for the Opera Guild’s pro- 
gram of education for students at the 
secondary school level, particularly 
in Larchmont and Mamaroneck. 

Jerry is the wife of a vice-president 
of the First National City Bank of 
New York and was active for many 
years in parent activities in White 
Plains, serving as trustee of the en- 
rollment committee and chairman of 
the endowment committee. 

The Robertses have five children 
— Pamela, a freshman at Oberlin, 
David, a sophomore at Choate Pre- 
paratory, and Judith, Katherine and 
Helen — all students at Windward 

28, 1955. They live in Medford, Ore., where 
Emmett is branch manager of Blake, Moffitt and 
Towne Paper Co. 

Dorothy Gray, x. is a geologic draftsman for 
Anaconda Copper Co., Reno, Nev. 

Mrs. Granville Hurlong (Georgette Collins, x) 
is teaching at Sampson School, Detroit. Mich. 
Her husband is in the Detroit traffic department. 

Mr. and Mrs. Miner Long (Sybil Wheaton, 
*45) have bought a house in a new subdivision 
in Wichita Falls. Texas, and are “out in the 
wide open spaces.” It is their first home out of 
an apartment. Their daughter Susan is 8 months 

Mrs. Robert Phelps (Rosemarie Beck) had a 
painting reproduced in Art News in March. It 
was one of the illustrations in an article on mod- 
ern expressionism. 

After completing one year of residency at 
North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel 
Hill, Dr. Charles Whitcher has gone to Duke 
Hospital in Durham. N. C., for his second year 
of anesthesia residency. His family now consists 
of two boys and one girl. 


Margaret Amberson returned to the U. S. in 
late February, after spending S months in Eur- 
ope, most of it with friends in Britain. She vis- 
ited her sister in California during March and 
reported that plans for the summer were still in- 
definite, though she would eventually secure a 
position in occupational therapy. 

Mary Jane Corry has been studying and teach- 
ing piano in the preparatory department of 
Northwestern University this year. In the fall 
she goes out to Walla Walla, Wash., to teach 
piano at Whitman College. 

Mrs. Robert Reiff (Helen Hayslctte) is a sec- 
retary for a construction firm in St. Cloud, Minn. 

Her husband will conduct a tour of students to 
Europe this summer for Dr. Louis Lord’s 
Bureau of University Travel. Bob recently won 
a prize for a painting entered in the Western 
New York show at the Albright Gallery in Buf- 

Emmert Schaur, x, is working for the Met- 
ropolitan Edison Co. in York, Pa. 

Midge Sutherland is working at the Benton & 
Bowles advertising agency in New York City, 
and would welcome Oberlin visitors — 118 W. 

13 St. 

Chaplain Francis Wise, t, writes: “Back from 
Manila. Philippines. Returned the wrong-way’ 
to make round-the-world jaunt, stopping in 
Germany long enough to pick up the oddity of 
Chanute AFB — commonly referred to as the 
‘Blue Bug’ (a three-wheeled Messersclimitt) . 
Family flew home via Honolulu. We have bought 
a home in Rantoul, 111., just outside the Chanute 
AFB. Our choir now composes as many as 
formerly attended the chapel, so work progresses 

Mr. and Mrs. John Copeland (Alice Tear. ’48) 
have bought a house at 1807 Vollmer Drive, 
Glenshaw, Pa. “The house is in Ml. Royal Vil- 
lage. a lovely residential area dating from 1940.” 
This summer John will be teaching graduate 
courses in the philosophy of education at the Uni- 
versity of Illinois. He is assistant professor of 
philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Dorothy Downing is teaching French, Spanish 
and English at the dependents’ high school on 
Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Island. 

Since completing his Ph.D. degree in physical 
chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1954, 
Robert Euler has been working for the du Pont 
Company. He is a research chemist at their 
plant in Waynesboro, Va., working on “orlon” 
research. Bob married Dorothy Benson in 1951. 
They have two children, a boy 4 and a girl 1$4. 

Arthur Kratzert is a civil engineer and is liv- 
ing in Meriden, Conn. 

Frederick R. Strasburg is assistant minister of 
South Congregational Church, Springfield, Mass. 
He is completing his third year at Andover New- 
ton Theological Seminary. 

Mrs. William Wakefield (Marilyn Snyder) 
writes: “Bill's new job of tax assessor and col- 
lector for the Palmer School District and city 
of Palmer, Alaska, takes us to this town in the 
heart of the Matanuska Valley, the agricultural 
center of Alaska. Willy, 5, Cindy, 4, and Steve, 
2, will be well-versed on this section of Alaska. 
Are there any other Oberlinians here?” 


Dr. and Mrs. Judson Albaugh (Carolyn Dar- 
ling. ’51) are in Syracuse. N. Y., where Jud is 
a psychiatrist at the VA Hospital and Carolyn is 
busy with Nancy Jeannette, 17 months, and 1 at 
ricia Jane, 5 months. They are enjoying the 
art exhibits and concerts in Syracuse, and are 
active in the First Baptist Church. 

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall H. Bull (Elizabeth 
Carr) of Brookhaven. N. Y., announce the birth 
of their second child, Jonathan Douglas, on Jan. 

William P. Davis, Jr., writes: “Barbara and 
I are enjoying Dartmouth very much. We re 
living about 9 miles out in the country in a beau- 
tiful house at Etna, N. H. Glynis and Jennifer 
(born Oct. 6) are enjoying it too.” 

Mrs. John Jolley, Jr. (Shirley Kjeldsen) 
writes: “We have been in Washington since 
September, while John has been in a training pro- 
gram in the Department of the Interior. We are 
going back to Fort Hall Reservation (in Idaho) 
on April 20 and hope it will be a long time before 
we leave the west,' the mountains and our dog . 

George Richard Ross is tabulating manager of 
Argus Camera, Inc., in Ann Arbor. Mich. 
George and his wife have a family of five clul- 


Don Campbell, line coach at Fatrvtew High 
School (O.) last season, has been promoted to 
head coach. 

After completing their first term as mission- 
aries under the Methodist Church in India, Rev., 
l and Mrs. Maran Garrison have spent this 
year on furlough, studying at the University of 

Toledo. Maran will receive his M.A. degree in 
sociology in June. During his first term in 
India, he was superintendent of the Puntamba 
District of the Bombay Conference; on his re- 
turn to India in May, he will become superinten- 
dent of the Poona District. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hodgkinson (Esther 
Kissane) have purchased a home at 1535 Win- 
chester St., Lyndhurst. O. Bob is teaching mu- 
sic in the South Euclid- Lyndhurst public schools. 

Eugene Jones, x. is teaching at the Washing- 
ton State College of Education in Ellensburg, 

Rev. Tunnie Martin, Jr., t, is a missionary 
with the Methodist Church, serving in Lodhipur. 
Shakjahanpur, U.P., India. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Miller (Joanne Tucker, 
m’50) live in Slingerlands, N. Y.. a suburb of 
Albany. Kent is a scientist with the New York 
State Health Department. 

Eva Sandis is a sociologist at the Human Re- 
sources Research Office. George Washington 
University, Washington, D. C. 

Rev. and Mrs. David Stambaugh (Harriet 
Heywood) have a second daughter, Ann Brady, 
born on March 12. Susan is two years old and 
“pleased as wc with the new sister.” Dave is 
at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. 


Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Conner (Kathryn 
Wahlgren. ’48) and their two boys moved from 
Connersville to Kokomo, Tnd.. in February. Ted 
is a salesman for Socony Mobil Oil Co. While 
they were in Connersville. Kay was director of 
music for their church and had a number of pri- 
vate pupils. Ted was active in Rotary, and they 
both were in a vocal ensemble group in Rich- 
mond. They hope to see Oberlin friends passing 
through Kokomo — 605 Holly Lane. 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duggan (Jean Mit- 
chell) announce the birth of Mary Martha on 
March 22. Their son, David, is now 3 years 
old. Dick is attending the U.S. Naval Post- 
graduate School in Monterey, Calif., taking a 
three-year course in electronics engineering. 

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gehring (Betty Burns) 
announce the birth of Thomas Carl on March 10 
in Davidson. N. C. Their daughter. Kristin, 
will be four next July. 

Margaret Temple and Duncan Goldthwaite 
were married in Trinity Protestant Episcopal 
Church. Hattiesburg, Miss., on Feb. 4. 

Harold Hempling, m. is teaching and doing 
some research in the department of physiology 
at the University of Pennsylvania School of 
Medicine. He lives at 944 Rocklvn Rd.. Spring- 
field. Pa. 

Richard Hill, whose stage name is Richard 
Bacon, has the title role in The Changeling at 
the Shakespeare Theater Workshop. New York 

City. , » 

He plavs under the name Bacon because Ac 
tor's Equity already lias a Richard Hill regis- 

Dick recently returned from Cuidad Turjilin, 
Dominican Republic where he was singing in a 
sextet at the World’s Fair. 

Richard Hungerford, x, graduated from Hiram 
College in 1950 and served in the<3 » al Air 
Force. This year he is studying at Kent State 
University. The Hungerfords have two children, 
Amy. 2'A. and Paul, 1 yr. 

Bruce Kinsey and Barbara Jane Probst were 
married at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 
Cleveland. O., in March. 

Mr and Mrs. Richard Unde (Janet Huntley) 
have a second daughter. Peg, horn on Ma^t 
After a summer visit to her home in Ann Arbor, 
Mich they will return to Japan for work asedu- 
";tal missionaries under the Method,,. Boa 
of Missions. During their W l> v » 75 ™ 
Japan, they will study Japanese in Tok o an 
then will he in Osaka where Dick will teach 
English at a Japanese university. 

Mrs. John Mong (Mary Mahood) has joined 

age " Eo^erly she was an editor with Mae- 
millan’s subsidiary rights department. 

Donald Morrall. x. is a salesman m Dallas 
Texas, for Lifetime Foam Products Co. 

,, - T A ott Tr. (Patricia Speelman. 

*)‘ is leaching in the Green Bay, Wis„ School for 




the Deaf. Her husband is a Methodist minister 
in Green Bay. 

Report from the Morton Polsters (Jean 
Parkes, x’52) : "We just graduated from law 

school at the U. of Michigan, had a new baby 
girl. Janet Elisabeth in January, and moved to 
Rochester. N. Y\, where Buck is associated with 
a law firm doing mostly trial work. We like 
the city, the work, and most of all, being out of 
school !” 


John Cawelti received his M.A. degree from 
the State University of Iowa in February and 
is continuing study there for his Ph.D. degree 
ii\ humanities. 

Howard Clarke. Jr., x, is assistant manager 
of the C Lazy U Ranch at Granby, Colo. 

Marlene Brey of Cuyahoga Falls, O., and 
James M. Denny will be married in June. Mar- 
lene graduated from Smith College and is em- 
ployed at the research laboratory of the Standard 
Oil Company in Cleveland. Jim is a graduate 
student in psychology at Western Reserve Uni- 
versity and is also working at Crile VA Hospital. 

The engagement of Margaret Dolliver to Alan 
S. Goodyear was announced in March. Alan is 
a graduate of Auckland University College (New 
Zealand) and the University of Minnesota, and 
Margaret is a student at the University of Min- 
nesota. Alan began a new job as a civil engineer 
in British Columbia in April. A June wedding 
is planned. 

Sam Feinstein is completing his fifth year of 
teaching strings and orchestra in the public 
schools in Cheyenne, Wyo. He expects to go 
to Israel next fall. 

Harold C. Fritts received the Ph.D. degree 
from Ohio State University in March. 


(Nellie) Stuart, ’51, has joined the 
faculty at Drake University, Des 
Moines, Iowa, as associate professor 
of singing. A soprano, who studied 
under Miss Marian Sims at Oberlin, 
Ellen won high praise from the music 
critics for her performance last De- 
cember in singing the soprano role in 
the Messiah, with a chorus of five 
hundred at the KRNT Theatre Audi- 
torium in Des Moines. The presenta- 
tion is an annual event at Drake. 
Recently she sang Virgil Thompson’s 
Stabat Mater for soprano and string 
quartet at a regional convention of 
MTNA. The Drake faculty string 
quartet played. She is soloist at Grace 
Methodist Church in Des Moines and 
has made a number of TV appear- 
ances in the area. 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Johnson (Virginia 
Talbot) announce the birth of Garth Talbot on 
March 9. They live at 1506 Olive St., Coatcs- 
villc, Pa. 

Sylvan ("Tommy") Joseph, Jr., spent the past 
year in Europe on an architectural fellowship. 
He is now working for Abraham W. Geller, well 
known contemporary architect, in New York 
City. "Should any of my friends come to New 
York, I will be very glad to swap tales with 
them at 417 Park Avenue.” 

After full time study in English literature at 
Brown University during 1954-55. David McKay 
is now an instructor and continuing graduate 
study on a part-time basis. 

Salvatore Martirano has won a Rome Prize 
Fellowship for 1956-57 for study at the Ameri- 
can Academy in Rome, Italy. He will study 
musical composition. 

Dr. Alden R. Parker is interning at University 
Hospital, Ann Arbor Mich., and will start a 
three-year dermatology residency there in July. 
Ilis wife, Mary Abrams of Buffalo, N. Y., is a 
senior in the School of Education of the Univer- 
sity of Michigan. They have a son Matthew 
Adams. 14 months old. 

Bruce Swinehart has completed his Ph.D. de 
gree in chemistry at Purdue University and is a 
chemist at Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St. 
Louis. He is living at 1518 Swallow Drive, 
Brentwood, Mo. 

On Feb. 1, Rev. Rexford Tucker became pas 
tor of the newly federated Schaghticoke (N. Y.) 
Federated Church, in which Methodist and Pres- 
byterian churches have joined forces. 


Noel Adams completed his Navy service in 
April and has a job with the Alcoa Steamship 
Company. He will be working in their New 
Orleans, La., office. 

James Beck spent last year studying painting 
in Italy. He is now leaching school in New 
Y'ork City, but will return to Italy this summer 
to be married. 

Cecilia Bradbeer and Dr. Maarten Smit Sib- 
inga of New Y r ork were married in the Presby- 
terian Church in Swarthmore, Pa., on March 17. 
Maarten graduated from Leiden University Med- 
ical School and is on the staff of the pediatrics 
department of New Y^ork University-Bellevue 
Medical Center. 

Robert Buechner, Jr., is in the advertising de- 
partment of the Cleveland office of Crowell-Col- 
lier Publishing Co. 

Pvt. Cornelius "Mickey” Cochrane is sta- 
tioned at Fort Sam Houston. Texas, and is as- 
signed to work in Special Services. He is en- 
gaged to Patricia Ketcham of White Plains, 
N. Y., a junior at Goucher College. Wedding 
plans are indefinite, depending on his Army as- 

Warren Dusenbury, x, graduated from Yale 
University and is completing his M.B.A. degree 
at Harvard Graduate School of Business Ad- 
ministration this spring. lie was recently named 
as one of the 1956 Baker Scholars, the highest 
scholastic honor given to students, bestowed each 
year on the top five per cent of the second year 

Ralph Edson, Jr., is a production trainee at 
the Ansonia (Conn.) plant of the American 
Brass Co. 

"You Can Own 8 Airplanes” by Fritz Harsh- 
barger in the April 1 issue of the American 
Weekly describes the flying club the "Sky Roarn- 
ers” of Burbank, Calif., and their experiences in 
"pooling” flying time and planes and "flying 
around the country because it’s the cheapest, fast- 
est and safest way to travel.” 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly (Carol Nuelsen) 
have moved to San Marino, Calif. Bob is a 
junior executive in a veterinary pharmaceutical 
firm and Carol is working as a bookkeeper in 

Robert McKay finished his Ph.D. in organic 
chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 
March and has begun work at the Polychemicals 
Department of the du Pont Company. His wife 
(Ginnic Long. ’51) "retired” from her secretar- 
ial job in Madison, Wis., in early February — 
their “first clan member” Lynn Ann arrived on 
Feb. 29. They are getting settled in an apart- 
ment at 36A Court Drive, Lancaster Court 
Apartments, Wilmington, Del., and hope to see 
Oberlin faces soon. . . . 

A picture of Mrs. Bruce Pennybacker (Dolly 
Kang, x) and her daughter, Mindy, appeared in 
the Feb. 6 issue of Life Magazine illustrating an 
article on "Celebrating the Birthday of a Four- 
Year-Old.” Mindy is the youngest pupil at the 
Gesell Institute, child development school at 
Y r ale University. Her father, x'51, is a student 
at Y'ale Law School. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. Thomas Priestley (Marilyn 
Seagrave, x) are in Los Angeles, Calif. Tom is 
an aeronautical engineer at Douglas Aircraft 
Corp., and Marilyn is studying part-time at Uni- 
versity of Southern California. 

Susan Randolph and Harold Boverman were 
married on Feb. 10 in Phoenix. Ariz. Hal grad- 
uated from the University of California at Berke- 
ley and is a fourth year medical student at the 
University of Chicago. After her graduation, 
Susan taught a year in Phoenix, Ariz., studied 
in Germany a year, and taught first grade and 
played in the Symphony in Birmingham, Ala. 
This year she is teaching third grade at the Uni- 
versity of Chicago Laboratory School. After 
Hal’s internship next year in Madison, Wis., he 
will probably go into pediatrics. Sue and Hal 
will welcome Oberlin visitors at 5220 Kenwood 
Ave., Chicago. 

Pvt. James Vermilya writes: "In the fall of 
1954, I received a master’s degree in botany at 
the University of Minnesota. Then Uncle Sam 
drafted me into the Army and at present T am a 
lab technician in a dispensary at the Rocky Ml. 
Arsenal near Denver. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Ware (Laura Gala- 
tha) announce the "launching” of Leslie Wrenn 
Ware on Feb. 22 at Women’s Hospital, Cleve- 
land, O. 


After completing Military Service last Decem- 
ber, Frank Blume headed for Boston. Pie is a 
Technical Research Assistant at M. I. T. work- 
ing on an experimental project under the direc- 
tion of Herbert Jenkins, ’48, who is teaching 
Psychology at M. I. T. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Bryan (Mary Driscoll, x) 
are in Norfolk, Va. Jim is employed in the In- 
land Waterways Division of Esso Standard Oil 
Co. They have two children. 

An August wedding is planned by Jane Ster- 
rett and Sam "Lee” Caldwell. Jane, a graduate 
of Clarion (Pa.) State Teachers College, is teach- 
ing in Shaker Heights. O. Sam is a junior in 
the School of Dentistry at Western Reserve Uni- 

After his release from the Army last fall. 
Roger Hahn enrolled at Ohio State University 
as a graduate assistant in chemistry. 

James Lancashire has been transferred from 
George Air Force Base to McClellan Air Force 
Base. It’s a move from the desert area to civili- 
zation, as McClellan is near Sacramento, Cali- 

Chaplain Sterling L. Long, t, writes: "Arrived 
at Fort Huachuca. Ariz., in January after 16 
months of duty in the Far East. It was a rich 
experience and many insights were gained from 
how people live in that part of the world. Dur- 
ing the months in Korea was the greatest lesson 
I have had in appreciation for the U. S. and its 
ways of life.” 

Marcia Mattson and Robert T. Curran plan to 
be married in May. Marcia has been secretary 
in the Office of the National Committee for an 
Effective Congress in Washington. Bob gradu- 
ated from Haverford College in 1953 and took 
his Master’s in history at Columbia University. 
He is working for the U. S. Information Service, 
and he and Marcia will be going to West Berlin 
in late May. 

Report from Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. John L. 
Nicholson, Jr. (Evelyn Sadona, x) from Jack 
sonville, Fla. : "We are property owners now - 
bought a lovely house with a huge yard. The 
twins, Jenny and Jackie, and Paula arc fine. 
John is in Cuba for gunnery practice and about 
the end of July will leave for the Mediterranean.” 

Steve Nordlinger is on the staff of the Sunday 
News of Ridgewood, N. J. 

A/2c Gus Potter has been transferred to Shep- 
pard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Dorothy Prince is in charge of the audio-visual 
center at the Agricultural and Technical College 
of North Carolina. The school has an enrollment 
of 2500. "The Center is in the embryonic stage, 
but I have dreams and plans. There is never a 
dull moment as I am technician, consultant, pro- 

FOR MAY 1956 


ANCHORS AWEIGH — Three recent draftees meet at the United States Navy 
boot camp at Bainbridge, Md. They are (left to right): George Kaufman ’54 
John Van Steenwyk, ’53, and Kyle Jones, x’55. At the time the photo was taken] 
George was about to leave for duty at Little Creek, Va., John was assigned to 
the supply department of a submarine tender, (the USS Orion which is docked 
more or less permanently in Norfolk), and Kyle was scheduled to report to the 
USS New Jersey battleship. 

jectionist, teacher and secretary. In addition to 
my center duties I have a part-time teaching 

The engagement of Natalie Rojansky to 
Brooks Tillotson was announced in March. Nat- 
alie is studying music composition at Columbia 
and Brooks is studying French horn at Juilliard 
School of Music. A spring wedding is planned. 

Since July, 1955. Felicia Spira has been in Is- 
rael. She is working as a research psychologist 
in testing for the Israeli Civil Service Commis- 
sion in Jerusalem, but plans to return to the 
States in July and to resume her graduate study 
in the fall. 

After completing military service last Decem- 
ber, Alan Wadsworth worked temporarily for the 
A & P Tea Company for retailing experience 
and for a market research firm on surveys. In 
April he joined the training program of Leo Bur- 
nett, Inc., the largest advertising agency in Chi- 

Pvt. Thomas E. Warner is with the 24th Di- 
vision Band in the Far East. 


Pvt. Allen L. Beatty and Margaret E. Coon 
planned to be married April 6, but we have no 
details as yet. Allen is stationed at Fort Knox, 

Pfc. Frank Connor writes: ‘'I’ve been sta- 
tioned with an army unit at the Keflanik base in 
Iceland for almost 8 months now, but will be 
returning to the States for discharge about the 
middle of July. I’m the communications chief 
in an infantry unit at present. I don’t recom- 
mend Iceland as the ideal vacation spot for any- 
one! My wife, Dorothy Crawford, ’55, is wait- 
ing for me in New Hampshire.” 

Mr., m. and Mrs. William Garee (Betty Boyd, 
’48) announce the birth of James Frederick on 
Feb. 24 in Fostoria, O. 

Pvt. Charles Howard Goodrich writes: ‘‘I’ve 
endured a chilly winter in Friedberg, Germany, 
and am looking forward to summer. Thus far 
I 've visited Paris, a most impressive city, and 
Borchtesgaden down in the beautiful Bavarian 
Alps. I shall return to the Slates late in the 
summer to be released from the service and then 
soon thereafter marriage to Leslyn Michels, ’55, 
and then graduate study in preparation for a 
teaching career. If any Oberlinians arc in Fried- 
berg or Frankfurt this summer, I’d be more than 
happy to see them.” 

Hope Griswold and Daniel Murrow will be 
married in June. Hope is completing her mas- 
ter’s degree at the New York School of Social 
Work this spring and Dan is a graduate student 
in sociology at New York University. 

Charles Habernigg is working in urban rede- 
velopment and slum clearance projects in New 
Haven, Conn. 

Mary Kaserman is an occupational therapy 
student at Columbia University. 

Sp./3 Charles William Keighin has been trans- 
ferred from El Paso, Texas to Fort Sill, Okla. 
He is with the H & S Btry., 246th FA MS/Bn. 

Lt. Beryl Warden, Jr., x, is an Air Force 
pilot, stationed at the Greenville (Miss.) Air 
Force Base. 

Lt. and Mrs. James E. Watkins, Jr. (Carol 
Wightman) have been transferred from Texas to 
Westover Air Force Base, Mass. Jim is a navi- 
gator with the 380th Air Refueling Squadron. 

Lt. and Mrs. Alan Whitfield (Dianne Morgan, 
x) are in Dayton, O. Alan is stationed at Wright 
Patterson Air Force Base and Dianne is work- 
ing as a secretary. 


Larry Bandfield reports that after one semester 
in Michigan Law School, he decided that law 
was not for him, and transferred to the School 
of Education, where he is completing certificate 
requirements for teaching social studies in high 

Olivia C. Scheuer of New York City and W. 
Wayne Battelle, Jr., x, were married at her home 
on Feb. 26. They are living in Williamstown, 

Frances Cressey and Bradbury Seasholes an- 
nounced their engagement on March 29. They 
plan to be married in Syracuse, New York, on 
Aug. 31 and invite all friends there to attend. 
Brad is a grad student at the University of North 
Carolina and expects to finish his Master’s de- 
gree next February. Franny is a social worker 
in Boston and will plan to work in the Chapel 
Hill area next year. 

The engagement of Jimmie Sue Evans and 
David Daniels was announced in March. Sue is 
teaching at home in Steubenville, O., this year, 
and Dave is a graduate student in musicology at 
Boston University. 

Mrs. B. Frank Foster (Sara Pennegar, x) is 
a secretary at the Presbyterian Board of Chris- 
tian Education in Philadelphia. 

Henry Jadow is one of the 25 first-year stu- 
dents at Yale Law School appointed to the edi- 
torial board of the Yale Law Journal, a monthly 
review published by Law School students. 

Sarah Kagy and Donald Diller were married 
at the First Presbyterian Church in East St. 
Louis, III., on March 3. Don spent four years 
with the Navy in the Pacific and is now a senior 
in education at the University of Illinois. 

Louis Malucci reported for Air Force duty in 
Texas in March, lie drove from Rochester, New 
York, stopping to see a number of Oberlin 
friends on the way. John Palmer and Jim Kin- 
caid are also stationed at Lackland. 

Katherine Matthews and George Shambaugh, 
3rd, '54, announced their engagement in March. 
They are both in New York this year, Kather- 
ine studying physical therapy at Columbia Uni- 
versity and George a second year student at 
Cornell Medical School. 

The engagement ot Elma Matthias to Carl 
Tyler, Jr., has been announced. A June wedding 
is planned. 

Anita Schneer, x, professionally known as An- 
ita Sheer, is with Carlos Montoya, Flamenco 
guitarist, as guitarist and vocalist. They ap- 
peared in a Flamenco Concert at the Brooklyn 
Academy of Music on March 31. 

Michael Siegel has been appointed assistant 
instructor in psychology at Douglass College, 
New Brunswick, N. J., and is also continuing 
his graduate study at Rutgers University. 

So Well Remembered 

(Continued from page 19) 

more hospitals, more knowledge, and 
more facilities, the Oberlin hospital 
has steadily gone upwards to greater 
and finer services, — so that its distinc- 
tiveness of superiority continues? Or 
did we, as it was easy for us easy-going 
ones of 40 years ago, simply think that 
our hospital would just go on being a 
pretty good hospital for a town of our 
size, and never give a thought to the 
wonderful day when a whole health 
center might be developed around it 
that would amaze the founders of this 
prime community? 

TN 1916, WILDER HALL, then the 
L Men's Building, gave the college a 
definite distinctiveness, at least among 
Ohio colleges, as an early experiment 
in student men’s unions. I think it so 
typical of the course of our growth here 
that we remained content and incurious 
as to what imaginations and generosi- 
ties had produced it; and once again 
with the personal privilege I humbly 
thank Mr. Wilder, now that 1 know 
at last who it was that afforded me 
social and recreational delights for my 
college hours which were beyond any 
of my previous experiences. But there 
will be other Mr. Wilders; and if the 
graciousness and comforts of Oberlin 
College today seem awesome and im- 
pressive to us old timers, let us all try 
to shake off our diffidence and our 
modesty and our humility long enough 
to dream of the days when no colleges 
in the world will be more beautiful, 
lovely, or attractive than this very same 
old Oberlin of ours, with which we 
have lived so closely as not to have al- 
ways noticed her vigorous appeal and 
her swift risings to the acceptance and 
admiration of the good people every- 
where. . . . 

I know you have discerned whatever 
of moral I have put into these wander- 
ing words. It is that our College is a 
very great and singular college; that it 
will increase in its attraction to the 
people everywhere who will nourish 
and expand and beautify it; and drat 
its inseverable twin, the community 
of Oberlin, needs only to realize its 
own strength and talents to grow to 
be the most shining college-town com- 
munity in all this wide republic. 





EMERY — Mrs. Rufus Franklin Emery (Alice 
Jones) died Sunday, April 8, in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, at the home of her son, Rufus IT. 
Emery, ’23, and her daughter-in-law, the former 
E. Louise Hyde, ’23. This was her twelfth trip 
to Buenos Aires. She was 87 years old. 

Born in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, June 24, 
1868, she spent her early life in Pittsburgh. After 
graduating from Oberlin in 1891 with an L.B. 
degree, Alice worked for three years with re- 
tarded children in Columbus, then, in 1894, mar- 
ried a former high school classmate, Rufus F. 
Emery. They made their home in Pittsburgh, 
where Mr. Emery was associated with the West- 
inghouse Air Brake Company and was secretary- 
treasurer at the time of his death in 1918. 

Both Alice and her husband were active mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, 
until the time of his death. Her interest in the 
life of the Church never flagged. She played an 
active part in the work of the Young Women’s 
Christian Association and in the American As- 
sociation of University Women. She represented 
these organizations in several of their interna- 
tional conventions in Hawaii and Poland. She 
was one of the founders and a past president of 
the Edgewood Woman’s Club and was active in 
the affairs of the College Club of Pittsburgh. 

One of Oberlin’s most active anl loyal alumni, 
Alice was Class Secretary continuously since her 
graduation in 1891. Her lively interest in edu- 
cational affairs, in her classmates, and in young 
people, kept her young and active. Her gener- 
ous gifts helped many a struggling student 
through college. 

Besides her son Rufus. ’23, of Buenos Aires, 
she is survived by her daughter Mrs. Margaret 
Allen, k’18, of Oberlin and three grandchildren: 
Mrs. Marjorie M. Groom, x’42, of Washington, 
D. C. ; Mrs. C. M. Carrick (Marian Allen, x'54) 
of Fairview Park. Ohio; and William R. Emery, 
’52, of Mexico City. 


DAYKIN — Annette Daykin died February 5 
at her borne in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 85 
years old. 

Born in Cleveland, May 28, 1870, she attended 
Oberlin College from 1889 to 1891. Annette was 
the last member of her immediate family. 
Throughout her lifetime Annette belonged to the 
Pilgrim Congregational Church of Cleveland, and 
was a former member of the Women’s City Club. 
Several nephews survive her. 


JOHNSON — Mrs. William Edward Johnson 
(Emma Eugenia Hart) died December 13, 1955, 
at Mesilla Park, New Mexico, of a heart attack 
following nine years of being bedridden with 
partial paralysis. She was 83 years old. 

Born in Lysander, New York, May 6, 1872, 
she graduated from Oberlin in 1896. For the 
next three years she taught in Calhoun, Alabama, 
and from 1899 to 1907 she taught school in Hon- 
olulu. Hawaii. It was there that she met Wil- 
liam Edward Johnson, a mining contractor. They 
were married in New Mexico in 1907, and during 
the following few years Mr. Johnson’s profession 
took them to many parts of the United States 
and Mexico. He died in 1953. 

From 1926 to 1937 Emma’s career included 
7th and 8th grade teaching in New Mexico and 
working in Indian Schools at Ysleta Pueblo near 
Albuquerque and at Window Rock, Arizona. 

Her survivors include a brother, H. H. Hart 
of Jensen Beach, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. 
Barbara Johnson Winger, x’32, of Grand Junc- 
tion. Colorado and Mrs. M. T. Everhart of Me- 
silla Park and Hachita, New Mexico; and a son, 
W. H. Johnson of Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

SLAYTON — Mrs. William Taft Slayton (Har- 
riet Edna Chamberlain) died in Des Moines. 
Iowa, on December 4, 1955. 

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, in the early 1870’s, 
she taught Latin and history for twelve years in 
high schools in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and 
Wisconsin, following her graduation from Ober- 
lin in 1896. 

From 1912 to 1926 Harriet was superintendent 
of the Rutledge Home for the Aged in Chippewa 
halls, Wisconsin. She married William Taft 

Slavton, a physician in 1926. Mr. Slayton died 
in 1931. 


SCHRADER — Harriet Newell Schrader, re- 
tired Chicago teacher, died in Clifton, Illinois, 
on February 28 at the age of 84. 

Born in Chehanse, Illinois, October 14, 1871, 
Harriet received her A.B. from Oberlin in 1898. 
For the next 38 years she devoted herself to 
teaching in Chicago elementary schools. Upon 
retirement in 1936, she took up residence with 
her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. 
Heller of Clifton, Illinois. With, the death of 
her brother, Charles Joseph Schrader, x’94, in 
1947 and his wife in 1948, Harriet wrote that 
"their five children have made our home in Clif- 
ton their home whenever they come to Clifton.” 

As she lived quite close to Chicago, Harriet 
was able happily to keep in touch with many 
of the friends she had made during the course of 
her professional life. In Clifton she welcomed 
visits from Oberlin alumni and busied herself 
with church activities, home duties, and the Fed- 
erated Women’s Club. 


WILSON — Mrs. John M. Wilson (Laura 
Edith Laughead) died in Hermosa Beach, Cali- 
fornia, September 20, 1955, at the age of 76. 

Born in Washington, Iowa, May 15, 1879, 
Edith entered Oberlin Academy in 1897 and 
graduated from the Oberlin Kindergarten Train- 
ing School in 1903. Following graduation she 
was appointed Kindergarten Director of San 
Diego Schools, San Diego, California. 

Edith married Dr. John Miller Wilson in 1906, 
and they had three children. For many years 
they made their home in Pasadena, California, 
where Dr. Wilson was a practicing cardiologist. 
He died in February of this year. 

Edith’s hobbies included travelling and writ- 
ing. Good Morning, Mexico and A Candle for 
Pepito are two of her delightful books for chil- 


HUNT — Mabel Frances Hunt died June 11. 
1955, at her home in Joliet, Illinois. She was 
69 years old. 

Born in Orange. Connecticut, December 11, 
1885, Mabel’s mother, Alice Maud Beecher 
Hunt, attended Oberlin College from 1877 to 
1878 and from 1883 to 1884, and her grandfather, 
Ward Isaac Hunt, held an Oberlin A.B. 1847. 
Seminary 1850, and A.M. 1859. Mabel received 
her A.B. from Oberlin in 1908 where as an un- 
dergraduate she had been a member of the Aelio- 
ian society. For the next twelve years she taught 
in high schools in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and 
Blue Island. Illinois. In 1920 she joined the 
faculty of Joliet High School, teaching English 
and journalism there for thirty years. 

Keenly interested in her profession, Mabel, did 
graduate study at the University of Wisconsin 
and the University of Chicago for a number of 

Survivors include her mother; a sister, Mrs. 
Wilford Evans, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and a 
brother, Elgin F. Hunt, Chicago, Illinois. 


CHRISTIANSEN Fredrik Melius Christian- 
sen, founder and director of the internationally 
famous St. Olaf Lutheran Choir, died June 1. 
1955, at Northfield, Minnesota. He was 84 years 

Born in Eidsvold, Norway, April 1. 1871, he 
came to America in 1888 and six years later 
graduated from the Northwestern Conservatory 
of Music. Oberlin College awarded him the 
honorary degree of Mus.D. in 1928. 

He married Edith Signora Lindem in 1897 
while he was studying at the Royal Conservatory 
of Music in Leipzig, Germany. They had three 
sons and a daughter. From 1903 until his re- 
tirement in 1940 he was director of the School of 
Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield. 

Author, composer of church music, his unique 
arrangement of Beautiful Savior has become a 
world wide favorite with choral groups. In the 
last concert by the Oberlin Symphony Band one 

of the numbers played was his First Norwegian 
Rhapsody. His international reputation was rec- 
ognized by his being made the recipient of the 
Knight of the Order of St. Olaf, Class 1, con- 
ferred by the King of Norway. 

His survivors include his sons Jake, athletic 
director at Concordia College, Moorehead, Min- 
nesota; Olaf, director of music at St. Olaf; and 
Paul, choir director at Concordia College; and 
his daughter Elsa. 

DECKER — Winifred Eva Decker, librarian at 
Lorain Public Library, died April 3 at the East- 
haven Nursing Home, Elyria, Ohio, where she 
had been a patient for several months. Her death 
occurred three days before her fiftieth birthday. 

Born April 6. 1906, in Elyria, she received her 
A.B. degree from Oberlin in 1928. After two 
years of library work with children in Lorain, 
she entered the Library School of the University 
of Wisconsin and received her diploma in 1931. 
Until 1937 she worked as catalogcr at the Lorain 
Public Library, leaving to accept a position with 
the Kenton Public Library, Kenton, Ohio. Wini- 
fred returned to Lorain Public Library in 1948, 
resuming her work as cataloger until she became 
ill towards the end of last year. 

Winifred was a member of the First Metho- 
dist Church of Elyria and active in the Carlisle 
and Pomona Granges. 

She is survived by her father, Fred A. Decker. 


OLMSTEAD — - Mrs. John Griffith Olmslead 
(Louise Hutchinson), widow of John G. Olm- 
stead, former Alumni Secretary of Oberlin Col- 
lege. died at her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 
12. She was 73 years old. 

Born in Elmira, New York, August 2, 1882. 
Louise received her A.B. from Ohio State Uni- 
versity in 1923, and her A.M. from Oberlin 
College in 1931. For six years prior to her mar- 
riage to John G. Olmstead. ’06, in 1909. she 
taught in Canton, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania. Mr. Olmstead died in February of 
this year. 

From 1932 to 1939 Louise was Co-director of 
the Olmstead Travel Camp for Girls. The 
camp’s program was to start out from Oberlin 
College each summer and visit various types of 
colleges, camping whenever possible on the col- 
lege green itself. The unique purpose of the 
camp was to give the girls opportunity to see 
many kinds of institutions so that they, when the 
time came, could make intelligent choices as to 
which college and what courses best served their 

Louise had been at one time Recording Sec- 
retary of the Oberlin Woman’s Club. Both she 
and her husband were devoted alumni and visited 
the Oberlin campus for Homecoming this past 

She is survived by two sons. Allen of Tucson. 
Arizona, and John G.. Jr., x’32, of Spokane, 


BARR — - Mrs. Richard IT. Barr. Jr. (Doris 
Jane Hall) died January 29, in Lancaster, Penn- 
sylvania, of an illness from which she had suf- 
fered for five years. Her age was 32. 

Born in Lancaster. April 27, 1923, Doris was 
an active undergraduate at Oberlin. enthusiasti- 
cally participating in WAA and Musical Union. 
After receiving her A.B. degree in 1945, she 
took a job with the Armstrong Cork Company 
of Lancaster as a chemist in their research lab- 
oratories. In addition to this. Doris taught in 
the field of social work at the Grace Lutheran 
Church in 1945 and 1946. In 1947 she married 
Richard PI. Barr who was associated with a 
large hardware concern in Lancaster. They had 
two children. 

A member of the Junior League of Lancaster 
and the Bethany Presbyterian Church, Doris had 
also served as corresponding secretary for two 
years in the Lancaster College Club. 

Survivors include her mother. Mrs. Helen E. 
Zook Hall of Lancaster; her husband; two chil- 
dren. Carol Dorothy and Bruce Frederick; a 
brother, Ray B. Hall, Jr. of Jeanette, Pennsyl- 
vania; and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna 
F. Zook of Lancaster. 

FOR may 1956 


There Is Still Time! 

We Must Continue To Depend On YOUR Concern 

To Make the 1956 Alumni Fund 

A Success 


SERVICE . . . 

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